Obviously here I am homaging another silent movie staple, the slapstick chase sequence. It seems like Charlie is frequently running from mobs of people in his movies, while his pursuants bumble and fumble trying to catch him.

The slapstick chase was very prevalent in comedy movies at the time. From Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and of course the Keystone Cops, it seems that no comedy of the time was complete without it.

That trope continued to persist, in everything from Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes cartoons, to even Matrix Reloaded, for better or worse. Hopefully it is a more appropriate usage of the trope here than it was there.