Chaplin appears in THE CURE as one who has loved conviviality “not wisely, but too well”, and when the genius of the screen makes his appearance wearing that preternaturally grave expression which contrasts so vividly with the pervasive Chaplin grin, there is irresistible comicality in the introduction.
“The Cure” is a hospital resort, dedicated to the elimination of human ills and perversities, populated, as such resorts usually are, by human freaks bent on physical regeneration and mental relaxation. This crowd furnishes a comedy caste never before equaled even in the vivid imaginings of the screen comedy king.
It would have been easy enough, with clumsy handling, to have overplayed a story which calls for Chaplin’s appearance at “The Cure” with a trunkful of plain and fancy drinks in assorted bottles, plus one extra collar, a shirt and a stubby toothbrush, but it is a tribute to the genius of the world famous actor that he has succeeded in making the action of the play excruciatingly comic without permitting a trace of vulgarity to appear in it anyway. […]
Altogether THE CURE is certain to enhance Chaplin’s popularity for he has never produced anything funnier.
Real Life. The Mutual Film Magazine, March 24, 1917
Following this film will be presented THE VICE OF HUMANITY