The Masquerader (1914 film)

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The Masquerader
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Mack Sennett
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Chester Conklin
Charles Murray
Cinematography Frank D. Williams
Distributed by Mutual Film
Release date
  • August 27, 1914 (1914-08-27)
Running time
13 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English (Original titles)
The Masquerader

The Masquerader is a 1914 film written and directed by Charles Chaplin during his time at The Keystone Company. This film stars Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle and has a running time of 13 minutes. It is the tenth film directed and the second written by Chaplin.


The Masquerader is a comedy short whose plot revolves around making films at Keystone. Charlie plays an actor who bungles several scenes and is kicked off the studio. The next day a strange, beautiful woman appears to audition for the film. It's Charlie in drag. After doing a perfect impersonation of a female, Charlie has drawn the attention of the director who hires the new "actress' for his films. The director gives the beautiful woman the men's dressing room to change in. While there, Charlie returns to his tramp costume. When the director returns, looking for the woman, he finds Charlie and realizes he has been tricked. Angry, the director chases Charlie through the studio until Charlie decides to jump into what he thinks is a prop well. The film ends with the director and other actors laughing at Charlie as he is trapped in the bottom of a real well. The plot involving a man dressing up as a woman was quite popular in silent movies.


A reviewer from Bioscope wrote, "Here we have Mr.Chaplin rehearsing for a cinematograph production, in which he gives a really remarkable female impersonation. The makeup is no less successful than the characterization, and it is further proof of Mr. Chaplin's undoubted versatility."


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