“Cane In The Grating” seen on “Unknown Chaplin
“David later confessed that he was absolutely sick with excitement, realizing that we were seeing a film which Chaplin had shot and cut, and of which he had made a graded print – absolutely complete and perfect, in its own way – and which had lain on the shelf unknown to anyone outside Chaplin’s immediate circle for fifty years. It was pure cinema – no subtitles were needed, no sound effects could have improved it. The sequence was the essence of Chaplin’s art. For he, more than anyone else in pictures, could take the smallest object, the least promising prop., and turn it into a fabulously funny sequence”.
The Search for Charlie Chaplin: Kevin Brownlow 2005
**The gentleman seated in the window is Harry Crocker a Chaplin associate but known to the viewing public as Rex the Tightrope Walker in “The Circus”