Charlie, poor and hungry, is waiting for something to turn up. The beautiful
Edna appears on a balcony and he serenades her, twirling a daffodil. The
girl's father has offered Count Chloride de Lime a million dollars and his
daughter's hand in marriage. She throws Charlie a note which says she hates
the Count and wants to be rescued. Charlie, feeling like a million dollars,
enters her home and announces that he is the Count. The starving imposter is
invited to dinner but the real Count arrives in a jitney auto and Charlie is
Later, the Count, the millionaire, and
the latter's daughter drive into the country. Charlie is also wandering in this
Arcadian scene. He discovers the Count making an impassioned plea for Edna's
hand and heart. Charlie throws a well-aimed brick and the Count goes down for
the count. Charlie and Edna run to the jitney auto, put a nickel in, and start
forward with a jolt. They are soon pursued by the Count, the father, and a
policeman. Charlie manages a well-calculated collision at the river's edge and
the pursuing car disappears into the water. Charlie borrows a nickel from Edna
to start the car again, and the happy lovers drive to the nearest parson.
What was said about
A Jitney Elopement:
Moving Picture World
"There is a vein of romance throughout the story which, combined with
Chaplin's inimitable comedy, gives the picture general appeal."
"Charles Chaplin, endeavoring to rescue an heiress from her father and a
foreign count, has ample opportunity for the display of his very remarkable
talents. He fights with the agility of a boxing kangaroo, and with almost as
much disregard for the rules of warfare, and his motor car is almost equally
gymnastic, rendering Mr. Chaplin great assistance in a riotously funny farce."
"Perhaps no more effective tonic has been prescribed than the Essanay
release, Charlie's Elopement. It is not only productive of numerous funniosities,
but it demonstrates the extraordinary ability of Mr. Chaplin to manufacture
about 40 minutes of lively, knockabout comedy on a plot which is practically
threadbare. He is admittedly a wonderful bag of tricks."