Chaplin’s directorial debut, CAUGHT IN THE RAIN, released May 4th, 1914

In order to convince Mack Sennett to allow him to direct his own film, Chaplin voluntarily deposited his life-savings of $1,500 as a guarantee in case it could not be released. He later remembered not being as confident as he thought he would be directing his own picture. “I had a slight attack of panic. But after Sennett saw the first day’s work I was reassured. The picture was called Caught In The Rain. It was not a world-beater, but it was funny and quite a success.”

Basic plot: Charlie flirts with Mack Swain’s wife (Alice Davenport) who is also a sleepwalker.

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