Silent film maverick Charlie Chaplin funded this 11-minute short with own pocket change. Written and directed by, as well as starring, Chaplin, The Bond stayed in tune with his usual funnyman shtick, compiling brief sketches about the different kinds of bonds, such as marriage and friendship. His real M.O., however, was to encourage the sales of liberty bonds during World War I, to fund America’s military operations. The short’s final skit features Chaplin giving Uncle Sam cash dug out of his shoes. Not quite as funny as, say, Bill Maher, but similar in its political humor.

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