Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Everyone Laughing at "Triple Trouble" and "Triple Trouble's" Troubles -- September 19, 2018

Motion Picture News, 07-September-1918
This ad for "How Charlie Captured the Kaiser" calls it "A side splitting amateur burlesque by Pat Sullivan -- famous cartoonist." Sullivan later produced the Felix the Cat movies.  According to  historians, animator Otto Messmer did all the work.

Moving Picture World, 07-September-1918
Meanwhile back at Essanay, they were still trying to squeeze a buck out of their Chaplin footage. They took pieces of released shorts ("Police") and unreleased and an unfinished feature (Life) and some footage not shot by Chaplin to produce Triple Trouble.

Motion Picture News, 07-September-1918
Theaters like the Rialto in San Francisco reported that Triple Trouble was doing good business.

Motion Picture News, 07-September-1918
The Chicago-area booker had 16 prints in circulation.

Motion Picture News, 07-September-1918
In many cases, the film was held over for a second week.

Motion Picture News, 14-September-1918
A telegram from the Philadelphia exhibitor said that at first he was worried, but the audience response had reassured him.

Motion Picture News, 14-September-1918
"Everyone has been happy."  People were desperate for a new Chaplin movie.

Motion Picture News, 21-September-1918
"Everyone Laughing at 'Triple Trouble' and 'Triple Trouble's Troubles.'"  Try saying that five times real fast.

Motion Picture News, 28-September-1918
A telegram from the Chicago exhibitors says "Tell the other exhibitors to get busy and cash in."

Film Daily, 22-September-1918
"Newspapers Critics Call 'Triple Trouble' Funniest Chaplin Film."  I guess there is no accounting for taste.

Film Daily, 29-September-1918
"Play a Trump and Win."  Bridge was a popular card game back then.

Moving Picture World, 07-September-1918
Chaplin and other stars were making short films to promote sales of Liberty Bonds.

Moving Picture World, 07-September-1918
"Charlie Chaplin has maintained great secrecy as to the nature of the story upon which he is working..."

Moving Picture World, 21-September-1918
First National asked exhibitors to make sure to advertise "The Bond" as a propaganda film, so it would not be confused with regular Chaplin releases.

Moving Picture World, 28-September-1918
Chaplin's next regular release, "Shoulder Arms," would be three reels in length.

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