The Rink (1916)

The Rink poster

Mutual Film
Starring:
 Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, James. T. Kelley
Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: A waiter (Charlie Chaplin) serves patrons in a café and then flirts with a girl (Edna Purviance) in a roller skating rink.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the beginning of the film The Girl is seen with her Father (James T. Kelley) at home. A white fluffy kitten is sitting on the sleeping man’s chest while the man’s daughter dangles a wad of something on a string for the kitten to play with.

The Rink - white kitten playing by father's James T. Kelley face

The Father awakens when the kitten starts batting at his face.

The Rink - father James T. Kelley looking up at white kitten

The Rink - father James T. Kelley looking up at white kitten playing on his face animated gif

The Father gets up and the Daughter picks up the kitten and holds it before setting it down on a couch.

The Rink - daughter Edna Purviance holding white kitten with father James T. Kelley face

The Rink - daughter Edna Purviance and father James T. Kelley with white kitten on couch

Kitty Cameo:  Later in the film the Waiter is getting ready to serve someone as the Cook (Albert Austin) scolds him. The Waiter doesn’t see the tabby cat eating on the food tray and covers it with a cloche.

The Rink - cook Albert Austin and waiter Charlie Chaplin with cat about to be covered by cloche

The Waiter takes the tray out to a customer who is surprised when the cloche is removed, revealing the cat. The cat runs away.

The Rink - waiter Charlie Chaplin uncovering cat on food tray at table

The Rink - Chaplin covering cat and then uncovering cat with cloche animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats like to be served but not to others.


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