The Pawnshop was Charlie Chaplin's sixth film for Mutual Film Corporation. Released on October 2, 1916, it stars Chaplin in the role of assistant to the pawnshop owner, played by Henry Bergman. Edna Purviance plays the owner's daughter, while Albert Austin appears as an alarm clock owner who watches Chaplin in dismay as he dismantles the clock; the massive Eric Campbell's character attempts to rob the shop.
This was one of Chaplin's more popular movies for Mutual, mainly for the slapstick comedy he was famous for at the time.
In 1932, Amedee Van Beuren of Van Beuren Studios, purchased Chaplin's Mutual comedies for $10,000 each, added music by Gene Rodemich and Winston Sharples and sound effects, and re-released them through RKO Radio Pictures. Chaplin had no legal recourse to stop the RKO release.
Charles Chaplin: Pawnshop assistant
Henry Bergman: Pawnbroker
Edna Purviance: His daughter
John Rand: Pawnshop assistant
Albert Austin: Client with clock
Wesley Ruggles: Client with ring
Eric Campbell: Thief