As Chapin's first released film as The Tramp, it's genius not only lies in his performance as a curious camera-hog but the real audience who witness this odd character. At first they don't know what to think but before the end they smile and laugh, not knowing this tramp will soon be the most famous icon in entertainment.
Chaplin makes some incredibly nasty faces here and exudes vanity and resentment as he tries to hog the camera. Really, the character he portrays here anticipates the titular one in The Great Dictator more than it does The Little Tramp. His heelish interference with the real life race also foreshadows the work of Sacha Baron Cohen. A really interesting artifact.