His Prehistoric Past (1914)

Article #365 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 3-15-2002
Posting date: 8-1-2002

The little tramp dreams he is a castaway in stone-age times.

I once said that the primary reason for caveman movies was to see dinosaurs, plus women in skimpy outfits. Well, there’s women in this one, but the outfits are none too skimpy, and instead of dinosaurs, we have Charlie Chaplin. This should seem like a fair trade; after all, Chaplin was considered a comic genius. Unfortunately, this pointless, aimless and tiresome set of slapstick gags features the genius on one of his off-days; there is nary a laugh to be had, and you really begin to wish a slurpasaur would show up. Where’re Ignatz and Rumsford when you need them?


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