A very warm welcome to the eighth in our series of monthly releases of limited edition Charlie Chaplin photographs for 2019—part of our celebration of the 130th anniversary of his birth—where each month we focus on a key Charlie Chaplin film.
Over the course of 2019 we will build a substantial collection of important Charlie Chaplin photographs—all of which are available to purchase and hang on your walls at home or in your office. You can see photographs from previous months here.
This month we offer a collection of images from Charlie Chaplin’s 1922 film, Pay Day. The images that follow are available to purchase in limited editions as museum-quality archival handmade silver gelatin photographs, in a range of sizes from 10 x 12 inches to 48 x 60 inches. Scroll down and select an image for full details.
Pay Day was Charlie Chaplin’s penultimate film for First National.
Pay Day marks the final two-reeler comedy showcasing the iconic character, the Little Tramp. In this production, the Little Tramp deviates from his usual role as an outsider from society and instead plays the part of an ordinary man with a house, an overbearing wife and a mundane job–a character that the audience could no doubt relate to more easily. The opening scene portrays Chaplin working on a construction site, in which he closely and unknowingly escapes accident after accident throughout his morning’s work.
Over the course of the film, a series of Chaplin-esque gags and slapstick comedy continue as the Tramp gets into trouble with his boss, his wife and encounters an accident-ridden journey home. Once the Tramp eventually makes it home and unwittingly falls asleep in the bath, he is woken moments later by his alarm as it is time for another day of work.
To say that the filming for this production was smooth-sailing would be an understatement. Chaplin shot all footage for the night-time scenes over just four nights and all shooting was complete within one month. Chaplin demonstrates an incredible ability to portray the monotonous lifestyle of laborers who desperately search an escape from their job and family demands for a few hours before it begins all over again. For this reason, the everyday viewer could relate to the construction worker and unsurprisingly Pay Day was another well-received Chaplin production.