The New Janitor (1914)

The New Janitor was the 27th comedy from Keystone Studios to feature Charlie Chaplin. The film is arguably one of his best for the studio, and a precursor to a key Essanay Studios short, The Bank. The film also demonstrates the differences that Chaplin had with Keystone comedy in that it is a coherent whole in which the stock characters actually fill some emotional center. Chaplin brings a certain complexity to his janitor, unusual to the comedy factory of Mack Sennett. The film, which stars among Sennett’s bit players Jess Dandy, Al St. John, John T. Dillon, and Helen Carruthers, is far more centered and clear in direction. Comedy mostly flows from the core of the story instead of being a by-product of it. After all this is a typical bank robbery storyline.

Alternative titles: Carlitos Porteiro | Chaplin posluhou | Den ny Portner | Charlot conserje | Charlot concierge | Charlot portiere | 新米雑役夫 | Charlie jako dozorca | Charlot Porteiro | Charlot, noul îngrijitor | Новый уборщик | Chaplin som portvakt | Novi hišnik | Şarlo Hademe | Новий брамник

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