The Face on the Bar Room Floor (1914 film)

The Face on the Bar Room Floor is a short film written and directed by Charles Chaplin in 1914. Chaplin stars in this film, loosely based on the poem of the same name by Hugh Antoine d'Arcy.

The Face on the Bar Room Floor
film scene
Directed byCharles Chaplin
Produced byMack Sennett
Based onThe Face on the Barroom Floor
by Hugh Antoine d'Arcy
StarringCharles Chaplin
Cecile Arnold
Fritz Schade
Vivian Edwards
Chester Conklin
Harry McCoy
Hank Mann
Wallace MacDonald
CinematographyFrank D. Williams
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
  • August 10, 1914 (1914-08-10)
Running time
14 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English (Original intertitles)


A painter turned tramp (Charlie Chaplin), devastated by losing the woman he was courting as a wealthy man, finds himself drunk and getting drunker by the minute with some sailors at a bar until he collapses. He keeps futilely trying to draw the woman's picture on the floor with a piece of chalk until he finally passes out cold (or perhaps dies, as in the poem) at the end of the film.

According to Chaplin expert Gerald D. McDonald, "The subtitles of the film were lines from the poem, but the original verses were altered to match the Keystone credo that life is a funny game at best."


A reviewer for Moving Picture World wrote, "Chas. Chaplain [sic] wins new laurels in the leading part."


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