The Property Man is an American movie that was released in the year 1914. The movie was directed by Charlie Chaplin and starred Charlie Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Alice Davenport
Charlie is in charge of stage “props” and has trouble with actors’ luggage and conflicts over who gets the star’s dressing room.
Small caricatures on the wall indicate both the stars and the head of what can only be Charlie Chaplin with the word “PROPS” below.
Once the dressing-room issue is resolved the next issue is getting everyone on stage with the correct backdrop.
The order of performance, all of which is seen is:
The “Goo-Goo Sisters”, billed as comediennes; two young girls dancing “Garlico” and his Feets of Strength (sic); a strong-man aided by his beautiful assistant who gets knocked out just before she goes on stage, allowing Charlie to step in. “Sorrow” a drama performed by a man and woman.
During the performances we see the audience reaction throughout, ranging from delight to booing.
Backstage Charlie and an old man fight, often disrupting the on-stage performances. The audience also breaks into a fight, and a hose brought out behind the scenes ends up squirting over them.