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Film: Easy Street
Easy Street is a 1917 short comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin.

In the film, the police are failing to maintain law and order on the titular Easy Street, and have resorted to hiring anyone off the street who wants to be a policeman. Chaplin, as the Little Tramp character, is homeless and hungry so he steps forward (rather reluctantly) to rid the street of bullies, help the poor, save women from madmen and generally keep the peace.

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  • The Brute: The Bully. Even in hard-bitten Easy Street, the other locals shy away from him.
  • Crapsack World: Easy Street, where The Bully terrorizes everyone, there's a constant brawl in the streets, the police are scared to intervene, and poor women have to resort to stealing food.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Chaplin, as it turns out, who towards the end administers a beatdown against a whole gang.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In the end, even The Bully has become an upstanding citizen, escorting his wife to church and nodding respectfully to Charlie.
  • Distressed Damsel: Chaplin rescues one from The Bully, and then from a gang of thugs.
  • Drugs Are Good / Intoxication Ensues: Charlie accidentally sits on a cocaine syringe. This gives him the jolt of energy required to beat up the gang of thugs and rescue Edna Purviance.
  • Handy Cuffs: The cops at the station cuff The Bully with his hands in front. Of course, since he simply rips the cuffs apart after waking up, it might not make much of a difference.
  • Happy Ending: An atypically cheerful one for Chaplin—he brings peace and order to Easy Street, and he gets the girl.
  • Made of Iron: The Bully doesn't even flinch when hit over the head with a club. It takes being hit by a metal stove from a second story window to bring him down.

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