Pssst, want to check out Pay Day in our new look?
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Exhilarating scene with the Tramp building a wall at maximum speed.
As good as other Charlie's better known short works. Deserves to be in at least one official list.
It's very weird to me that Charlie Chaplin has a wife and a home in Pay Day (and of course, it has to be a matronly, disapproving one wielding a +1 rolling pin - where do these clichés come from? comic strips?), but as the Tramp, he's blowing his money and making sure he'll eventually end up on the street without either. Is there a Chaplin Extended Universe where all the Tramp movies can be inserted in a credible timeline? Asking for a friend. So half of this 22-minute short has Charlie working construction and showing off impeccable timing in the slapstick. The other half has him spending his pay check (less interesting), then coming home. In that last part, shrewish wife trope aside, there's a lot to like, but my favorite bit is the cat that steals a whole freaking salami right off the table. The shenanigans where he tries to go to bed at dawn are also funny. This is fairly slight, overall, but I'm always impressed with Chaplin who not only writes, produces and directs himself, but also composes the scores. Man is a... quintuple(?) threat!
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!