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A Submarine Pirate (1915)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 26 December 1915 (USA)
An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral's uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself.


Mack Sennett




Cast overview:
Syd Chaplin ... A Waiter
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... A Militant Guest
Glen Cavender ... A Shrewd Inventor / Ship Captain
Wesley Ruggles ... Inventor's Accomplice / Sub Officer
Josh Binney Josh Binney ... Hotel Manager (as Harold J. Binney)


A witless waiter working in a hotel restaurant often causes problems for the other staff members of the restaurant, his manager, and the customers. One day, an inventor and his associate dine in the restaurant and is served by the waiter. Gaining access via a submarine moored offshore with its ready crew, the inventor and his associate plan to rob a passenger steamer of a large shipment of gold on board. As they seem so secretive, the waiter devises a system of listening in on their conversation without being detected. As such, the waiter learns their plans to rob the steamer. Using a naval disguise, the waiter plans to take their place first on the submarine so that he can rob the steamer himself. Even with the help of the submarine's crew - or in spite of it - the waiter finds that stealing the gold and getting away scot-free isn't as straightforward as he anticipated. Written by Huggo

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A Mack Sennett masterpiece, showing all the inner workings of a big submarine in a side-splitting comedy. (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie NY)) 4 November 1918)


Comedy | Short


Not Rated






Release Date:

26 December 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Submarine Story See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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If you looked at the Allday 'American Slapstick' DVD....
6 December 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

....and paid attention to the written and spoken commentary, then if you are not terribly familiar with the people involved, you may taken on board a few false ideas: 1: Syd introduced brother Charlie to Fred Karno and thus produced one of the greatest talents in the movies. Uh, not quite. In fact, Charlie had been a boy actor, quite possibly being in one of William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes productions in 1905 as 'Billy the Page.' 2: This is the first appearance of Syd in any home video of any Syd Chaplin movie. Well, there is a seven- or eight-tape set of Keystones that is still floating around in which three of Syd's 'Gussle' shorts appear.

But of course, errors like that are irrelevant to any movie. How good is this movie? It's a pretty good Keystone three-reeler of the period, chaotic to the modern eye, but very funny.

And how is Syd? Well, you can see he's Charlie's brother and also a graduate of the Karno company..... look for the occasional 'interrupted line of movement' gag that most people know as seeming to offer to shake hands, that turns into flattening one's hair.

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