Getting Acquainted

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Getting Acquainted
Getting acquainted.jpg
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Produced by Mack Sennett
Written by Charles Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Mabel Normand
Phyllis Allen
Mack Swain
Harry McCoy
Edgar Kennedy
Cecile Arnold
Cinematography Frank D. Williams
Distributed by Mutual Film
Release date
  • December 5, 1914 (1914-12-05)
Running time
16 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (Original titles)
Full film

Getting Acquainted, subsequently retitled A Fair Exchange, is a 1914 American comedy silent film written and directed by Charles Chaplin, starring Chaplin and Mabel Normand, and produced by Mack Sennett for Keystone Studios .


In one of Chaplin's "park comedies" for Keystone Studios, Charlie and his domineering wife, Mrs. Sniffles, are walking in the greensward. When Mrs. Sniffles falls asleep on a park bench, Charlie takes the opportunity to walk away from her. He encounters pretty Mabel. At the moment, Mabel's husband, Ambrose, is occupied trying to help a stranger start his car. Charlie attempts to woo Mabel but is quickly rebuffed and a park policeman comes to her aid. Meanwhile Ambrose encounters Charlie's wife and is attracted to her. He too is rebuffed. Ambrose and Charlie both run afoul of a pretty blonde woman and her fez-wearing escort. A park policeman pursues both Charlie and Ambrose for their unwanted attentions directed at strange women. Charlie is eventually caught by the policeman who brings him back to Mrs. Sniffles. She saves him from arrest but roughly begins to escort him home.

Released on December 5, 1914, Getting Acquainted was the next-to-last movie that Chaplin made for Keystone Studios. It marked the final time he appeared in the same film as Mabel Normand.


A reviewer from Motion Picture World wrote, "Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin and the others are undeniably comical in this lively farce."

A reviewer from The Cinema declared, "Yet another fine Charles Chaplin number including the celebrated Mabel Normand."


See also

External links

  • Getting Acquainted on IMDb
  • Getting Acquainted is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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