Her Friend the Bandit

Her Friend the Bandit is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand, both of whom co-directed the movie. It is considered lost.

Her Friend the Bandit
Directed byCharles Chaplin
Mabel Normand
Produced byMack Sennett
StarringCharles Chaplin
Mabel Normand
Charles Murray
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • June 4, 1914 (1914-06-04)
Running time
18 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles


Charlie plays an elegant bandit with whom Mabel has a flirtation. Mabel hosts a party. Charlie attends as a French count (Count de Beans). Charlie's uncouth behavior shocks the other party guests. The Keystone Cops eventually are summoned and remove Charlie from the party.

Chaplin's Lost Films

Her Friend the Bandit and A Woman of the Sea are Chaplin's lost films, as no copy is known to exist. As more and more supposedly "lost" silent films emerge, there is some hope that a copy of Her Friend the Bandit will surface in a private collection somewhere. As late as 1965, five of Chaplin's early comedies for Keystone were considered forever lost. Copies of four of them have surfaced in the intervening decades. As of June 2014, Her Friend the Bandit is still considered to be 'lost' [1].


Reviews of the film from include the following:

From the Lexington Herald in Lexington, Kentucky (June 7, 1914): "'Her Friend, the Bandit', Keystone. One of the funniest and most hilarious comedies in a decade, with a conglomeration of mirth-provoking scenes."

From The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon (June 14, 1914): "The Keystone players will offer 'Her Friend, the Bandit', one of those rough and ready farces that make everybody laugh."


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