~The Bank~
1915
~Charles Chaplin~
~Lee Hill & Charles Chaplin~
~Edna Purviance & Charles Chaplin~
~Plot Synopsis~
Charlie Chaplin's 10th Essanay film marks a further development for him in story construction, gag
development and the use of pathos along with physical comedy. Chaplin enters the bank importantly,
strolls down a staircase and opens a large safe. He emerges carrying a mop and bucket and dons his
janitor's uniform. He wanders into the lobby/reception area and accidentally puts his soaking mop into
the top hat of a bond salesman, (Lawrence A. Bowes) who's waiting for the arrival of the Bank President.
Hitting the salesman and a bank worker (Leo White) with the wet mop, he's chased away to the back
office where he finds fellow janitor Billy Armstrong with whom a series of minor battles occur.

Edna Purviance, a stenographer, arrives at work with a birthday present, a tie, for a cashier whose name
is also Charles, Carl Stockdale. She types a note: "To Charles with love from Edna." Chaplin finds the note
and tie and assumes they're for him, and it's clear he loves Purviance. He brings her a bouquet of flowers
and leaves a note "To Edna with love, Charlie." The bank president arrives and rejects the bond
salesman's pitch and the angry salesman vows revenge. As the salesman stands dazed, Chaplin, told to
mail a letter, indicates that he doesn't look well, takes his pulse and tells him to stick out his tongue, on
which Chaplin moistens the postage stamp. The Cashier comes in to thank Purviance for the tie and tells
her that it wasn't he who left the flowers, but Charlie the Janitor. Angry, Purviance calls Chaplin a fool
and, unaware that he's watching through the door, throws the flowers into a trash basket. Crushed,
Chaplin retrieves the flowers, goes back downstairs to the vault and sits down to rest.

Shortly afterward, the bond salesman along with four seedy crooks enter the bank. Two of them go
upstairs and see the president, Purviance and the Cashier counting money. When Purviance and Charles
head downstairs to the vault, they hold up the president. The other three intercept Charles and Purviance
downstairs. At the first opportunity, Charles pushes Purviance over and runs away, but he's held at
gunpoint by one of the crooks as the other tussles with the president. Meanwhile her screams have
awakened Chaplin and he rescues her, kicking three of the crooks into the safe and locking it as
Purviance collapses. Carrying her over one shoulder, he climbs the stairs and rescues the cashier by
disarming the crook. He then takes care of the other thief, rescuing the president. When the police have
the robbers in custody, Chaplin is congratulated by the president. He wanders into the office and takes
the flowers out of his coat. Purviance enters and picks up the flowers, smiling, and the look of love and
hope on Chaplin's face is truly angelic. They embrace, but just then the camera crossfades -- it was all a
dream, and Chaplin awakens in the vault kissing a mop. As the picture fades, he wanders off screen
holding the flowers.

Plot Synopsis from allmovie.com
Written & Directed by: Charles Chaplin
~Cast~

Charles Chaplin ...Charlie, a Janitor
Edna Purviance ...Edna, a Secretary
Carl Stockdale ...Charles, a Cashier
Charles Inslee ...Bank President
Leo White ...Clerk
Billy Armstrong ...Another Janitor
Fred Goodwins ...Bald Cashier / Bank Robber with Derby
John Rand ...Bank Robber and salesman
Lloyd Bacon ...Bank Robber
Frank J. Coleman ...Bank Robber
Paddy McGuire ...Cashier in White Coat
Wesley Ruggles ...Bank Customer
Carrie Clark Ward ...Bank Customer
Lawrence A. Bowes ...Bond Salesman
Lee Hill ...Tall Robber with Moustache (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company

Distribution Company: General Film Company

Producer: Jess Robbins
Cinematography by: Harry Ensign
Film Editing by:
Charles Chaplin
Assistant Director: Ernest Van Pelt
Scenic Artist: E.T. Mazy
Props: George Cleethorpe
Carpenters: Charlie Gordon Jr., William Gotham, George Green and Shortie Wilson
Camera Operator: Jack Roach
Secretary to Mr. Chaplin: M.A. Breslauer
Unit Publicist: Frank Suttle

Length: 2 Reels
Runtime: 15 Minutes
Released: August 9, 1915