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Behind the Screen

Public Domain, Comedy, Classic Movies

Behind the Screen

Three movies are being shot simultaneously and Charlie is an overworked scene shifter. The foreman is waited on hand and foot until all the shifters but Charlie go on strike. A girl looking for work pretends to be a man and helps Charlie. Charlie discovers her gender and falls in love with her. The foreman thinks they are homosexual and in the ensuing fight they become involved in a long pie throwing scene from one of the movies in production. The frustrated workers dynamite the studio.


Language: Silent

Year of Production: 1916

Length: 23min 22sec

Country: United States


Creative Commons License

Behind the Screen by Charlie Chaplin is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain 3.0 License.


  • Charles Chaplin


  • Charles Chaplin .... producer Henry P. Caulfield .... producer


  • Eric Campbell ... Goliath (a stagehand) Charles Chaplin ... David (Goliath's assistant) Edna Purviance ... The girl rest of cast listed alphabetically: Albert Austin ... Scene shifter (uncredited) Lloyd Bacon ... Director of comedies (uncredited) Henry Bergman ... Directory of history film (uncredited) Leota Bryan ... Actress (uncredited) Frank J. Coleman ... Producer (uncredited) James T. Kelley ... Cameraman (uncredited) Charlotte Mineau ... Actress (uncredited) John Rand ... Scene shifter (uncredited) Wesley Ruggles ... Actor (uncredited) Leo White ... Scene shifter (uncredited) Tom Wood ... Actor (uncredited)