This volume contains seven of Chaplin's legendary early films as follows:
Making a Living 'Making a Living', produced by Mack Sennett was the first film in which Chaplin was seen by the general public, and as such is a significant piece of history. The tramp character has yet been created and Chaplin plays a stereotypical Victorian villain sporting a frock coat, top hat and monocle. Kid Auto Races at Venice Filmed on the boardwalk at Venice, California, this short finds Charlie's character vying for "screen time" as a cameraman tries to film a kiddy-car race. This film also shows Charlie for the first time in the famous tramp costume. Mabel's Strange Predicament (aka Charlot A L'Hotel) Charlie has had one too many drinks when he enters a hotel and bumps into the lovely Mabel (Mabel Normand), hopelessly tangled in her dog's leash. Mabel becomes a magnet to him and he pursues her relentlessly. Between Showers It's begun to rain while at the park and Charlie struggles with another man for an umbrella. A young lady happens on the scene and the two men fight for the right to assist her across a puddle of water. Film Johnny Charlie, in a nickelodeon, is charmed by a pretty girl he sees on screen, so he travels to the Keystone Studio to find her and in the process reeks havoc on the sets and ruins the film negative. Look for Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in this gem. Charlie's Recreation (aka Tango Tangle) Charlie ventures to a public ballroom crowded with dancers in fancy costumes. Fatty Arbuckle is there with his girl, which the bandleader has taken a fancy to. Both men are enraged though because she only dances with Charlie... and a free-for-all ensues. His Favourite Pastime (aka Charlot Est Trop Galant) Charlie has two pastimes that he enjoys... drinking and flirting with girls. While doing a little drinking he makes the other patron's lives miserable. He finds a girl and follows her home to find an outraged husband... Fatty Arbuckle.