The Floorwalker is a 1916 American silent comedy film, Charlie Chaplin's first Mutual Film Corporation film. The film stars Chaplin, in his traditional Tramp persona, as a customer who creates chaos in a department store and becomes inadvertently entangled in a nefarious scheme.
In 1932, Amedee Van Beuren of Van Beuren Studios, purchased Chaplin's Mutual comedies for $10,000 each, added music by Gene Rodemich and Winston Sharples and sound effects, and re-released them through RKO Radio Pictures.
Chaplinâ€™s inspiration for the film came while he and his brother Sydney were in New York City negotiating his contract with Mutual. While walking up 6th Avenue at 33rd Street, Chaplin saw a man fall down an escalator serving the adjacent elevated train station and at once realized the comic possibilities of a moving staircase.
This is the famous mirror-twin scene, in which Charlie and the store's floorwalker, played by Lloyd Bacon, stumble into an office through opposite doors and find their likeness and mannerisms to be almost identical as they mirror each otherâ€™s movements.
Chaplin became equally famous for his life off-screen. His affairs with actresses who had roles in his movies were numerous. Some, however, ended better than others.
Loading more videos...