Shanghaied (1915 film)

Shanghaied is a 1915 American comedy silent film made by Essanay Studios starring Charlie Chaplin.

Swedish theatrical poster to Shanghaied
Directed byCharlie Chaplin
Produced byJess Robbins
Written byCharlie Chaplin
StarringCharles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Wesley Ruggles
Bud Jamison
Billy Armstrong
Paddy McGuire
Leo White
John Rand
Fred Goodwins
Lee Hill
CinematographyHarry Ensign
Distributed byEssanay Studios
Release date
  • October 4, 1915 (1915-10-04)
Running time
30 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English (Original titles)


The owner of the S.S. Vaquero intends to scuttle his ship on its last voyage to get much-needed insurance money. He collaborates with the ship's captain to do the job with kegs of dynamite. Meanwhile, the captain's daughter is in love with Charlie, a tramp. Her father sees his daughter and Charlie romantically embracing and immediately disapproves. He violently separates them. Charlie leaves heartbroken. He passes by the pier where the S.S. Vaquero is docked. An assistant to the captain offers Charlie $3 to help him shanghai three sailors for a new crew. Charlie agrees and successfully subdues three men with a mallet. They are each flung onto the deck of the ship unconscious. After Charlie is paid his $3 fee by the captain, he too is struck over the head with a mallet and tossed on board the S.S. Vaquero. Upset by her father ruining her romance, his daughter leaves him a brief note saying she is stowing away on the S.S. Vaquero to escape from him. The father panics. Realizing his daughter will be aboard the ship when it is dynamited, he commandeers a small motor boat to attempt to get to her before his ship is scuttled. Meanwhile, Charlie creates all sorts of comical havoc on the ship's deck and while assisting in the kitchen. While trying to deal with sea sickness during a strong gale, Charlie finds the owner's daughter below deck. Soon afterward the collaborators set the fuse for the dynamite and make their escape by rowboat. Charlie sees the dynamite and tosses it overboard where it explodes in the collaborators' boat. Charlie and the captain's daughter are rescued by her father who is strangely ungrateful to Charlie for his role in saving her. Charlie feigns a suicidal leap into the ocean. However, he emerges on the other side of the owner's boat and kicks the owner into the water.


Julian Johnson of Photoplay wrote, "Shanghaied, Mr. Chaplin's latest ray of sunshine, is just what its name implies...And as usual, Mr. Chaplin is funny with a funniness which transcends his dirt and his vulgarity."

Sime Silverman of Variety penned this review of Shanghaied: "The picture is actually funny in the sense it would cause anyone to laugh without offending. That's odd for a Chaplin [movie], and through it Shanghaied is doubly amusing. The picture appears to be following a scenario...Without much, if anything, to its discredit, Shanghaied with Chaplin is really entertaining."


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