Making a Living is the first film featuring Charlie Chaplin. Written and directed by Henry Lehrman, it debuted on February 2, 1914.
Chaplin plays the lovable rouge Edgar English, a charmer who runs into a spot o’ bother with the Keystone Kops. At this stage, Charlie had not yet developed his ‘little tramp’ character, which was only to emerge in his next film, Kid Auto Races at Venice.
Charlie disapproved of Lehrman’s final cut of Making a Living, saying his best performances had been left out. Lehrman, who also appears opposite Chaplin in the film, eventually admitted that he sabotaged the editing out of spite for Charlie.
Never mind, we liked it Charlie…
Here it is:
Charlie Chaplin – Swindler
Henry Lehrman – Reporter
Virginia Kirtley – Daughter
Alice Davenport – Mother
Minta Durfee – Woman
Chester Conklin – Policeman / Bum