The Professor (1919)

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Professor Bosco, a poor flea trainer, rents a bed in a flophouse. Before going to bed, he rallies his troops and once he has made sure his beloved fleas are settled for the night, the ... See full summary »


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22 February 2011 | MartinHafer
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| Even though it's incomplete, it's worth seeing.
If you want to see this unfinished Chaplin film, then get a hold of the DVD for "Limelight" (1952)--a wonderful drama Chaplin made late in life. Why Chaplin never got around to finishing it, I have no idea--but he did incorporate some of the ideas in "The Professor" in "Limelight".

The film begins without credits. Chaplin is almost unrecognizable in a new non-Tramp persona. He looks a bit swarthy and has an exaggerated mustache and mop-like hair. You sure can see some of the Little Tramp in his walk and mannerisms, though. He goes to sleep the night at a flophouse--along with his act, his flea circus. When the fleas accidentally escape, all finds of comedic reactions occur.

It's really a shame this was not completed--it is funny and clever. Perhaps Chaplin or his financers were uncomfortable with his new character or didn't' want to mess with the tried and true formula.

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