His New Profession

His New Profession is a 1914 American comedy silent film made at the Keystone Studios and starring Charlie Chaplin. The film involves Chaplin taking care of a man in a wheelchair. It is also known as "The Good for Nothing".

His New Profession
Theatrical poster
Directed byCharlie Chaplin
Produced byMack Sennett
StarringCharlie Chaplin
Charley Chase
Cecile Arnold
Harry McCoy
Roscoe Arbuckle
Minta Durfee
Charles Murray
Jess Dandy
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Edited byCharlie Chaplin (uncredited)
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • August 31, 1914 (1914-08-31)
Running time
16 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English (Original titles)


Charlie is hired by a man to wheel his elderly invalid uncle around a seaside park for a short time. Although he begins his new job with enthusiasm, Charlie soon thinks he should be earning extra money for his efforts to spend at a saloon. Accordingly, he takes a beggar's sign and tin and puts them on the wheelchair of the sleeping old man. A pretty girl, a real beggar, a park policeman and the old man's nephew (who is furious because Charlie allowed his uncle's wheelchair to nearly roll off a high, long pier) soon ensure that Charlie's new profession is a thing of the past.


Motion Picture News commented, "Charlie Chaplin appears in this picture and, as usual, whenever he appears it is a laugh throughout."


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