7.1/10
2,334
21 user 14 critic

The Tramp (1915)

TV-G | | Short, Comedy | 12 April 1915 (USA)
The Little Fellow finds the girl of his dreams and work on a family farm.

Director:

(uncredited)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Champion (1915)
Short | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Bud Jamison, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson
The Bank (1915)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Charlie does everything but an efficient job as janitor. Edna buys her fiance, the cashier, a birthday present. Charlie thinks "To Charles with Love" is for him. He presents her a rose ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Billy Armstrong
A Night Out I (1915)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After a visit to a pub, Charlie and Ben cause a ruckus at a posh restaurant. Charlie later finds himself in a compromising position at a hotel with the head waiter's wife.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Ben Turpin, Charles Allen Dealey
Shanghaied I (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A shipowner intends to scuttle his ship on its last voyage to get the insurance money. Charlie, a tramp in love with the owner's daughter, is grabbed by the captain and promises to help him... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Lawrence A. Bowes
The Vagabond (1916)
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After passing the hat and taking the donations intended for German street musicians Charlie heads for the country. Here he finds and rescues a girl from a band of gypsies. The girl falls in... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
The Pawnshop (1916)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance
A Woman (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mother, Father and Daughter go to the park. The women dose off on a bench while the father plays a hide-and-seek game with a girl, blindfolded. Charlie leads him into a lake. Both dozing ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Marta Golden
The Fireman (1916)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mr. Pest tries several theatre seats before winding up in front in a fight with the conductor. He is thrown out. In the lobby he pushes a fat lady into a fountain and returns to sit down by... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Lloyd Bacon
Work (1915)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Charlie and his boss have difficulties just getting to the house they are going to wallpaper. The householder is angry because he can't get breakfast and his wife is screaming at the maid ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Marta Golden
In the Park (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A tramp steals a girl's handbag, but when he tries to pick Charlie's pocket loses his cigarettes and matches. He rescues a hot dog man from a thug, but takes a few with his walking stick. ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Leona Anderson, Billy Armstrong
His New Job (1915)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Charlie is trying to get a job in a movie. After causing difficulty on the set he is told to help the carpenter. When one of the actors doesn't show, Charlie is given a chance to act but ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Agnes Ayres
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Edit

Storyline

Charlie is a tramp on the road. A hobo manages to exchange Charlie's sandwich for a brick so Charlie must eat grass. The same hobo molests a farmer's daughter; Charlie comes to aid with the help of the brick. When two more hobos show up Charlie throws all three into a lake. The grateful girl takes Charlie home where he fails as a farmhand. He again helps drive off the hobos (who are now trying to break into the house). The girl's fiance arrives. Though a hero, Charlie, knowing he must go, writes a farewell note and leaves for the open road. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hobo | farm | farmhouse | fork | See All (4) »

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 April 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie on the Farm  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was restored in 2014 through the Chaplin Essanay Project thanks to the financial support of The David Shepard. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, the note that "The Tramp" writes is shown twice. The two notes shown are in completely different handwriting and the word "good bye" is spelled differently. See more »

Connections

Featured in La naissance de Charlot (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An important creative milestone for Chaplin
8 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Charlie plays a tramp, who, after saving a farmer's daughter from thieves, is given a job on the farm as a reward. Charlie later manages to thwart the same bandits who try to rob the farm, but he is accidently shot in the process by the farmer. Charlie basks in the attention of the farmer, and his daughter, until the girl's boyfriend arrives. Knowing he doesn't have a chance with the girl anymore, Charlie leaves, walking down the road alone.

"The Tramp" was made for Essanay, who gave Chaplin his second film contract in as many years and much greater creative freedom than he previously enjoyed under Mack Sennett at Keystone. Despite claims to the contrary, this film was not introduction of Chaplin's famous tramp character. That character was actually born in Chaplin's second film for Keystone "Kid Auto Races in Venice." This film was, however, an important step in the development of the tramp as a character, and for Chaplin as an artist. With his failed attempt to win the girl and his final walk, with his back to us, down the road, Chaplin made his first serious attempt to inject pathos and genuine human emotion into his comedies. In "The Tramp," he was laying the groundwork for future masterpieces like "The Circus."

Sadly, aside from the dramatic elements, this isn't one of Chaplin's best shorts. The comedy isn't very original. He simply takes advantage of various barnyard props for the rough, rather mindless knockabout brand of slapstick he would soon evolve away from. This isn't a terrible comedy by any means, it probably as good if not better than the bulk of the comedies produced that year by his contemporaries. It simply doesn't live up to the standard he would set for himself over the next two years at the Mutual Company.

Fans should definitely watch if they get the chance, but it isn't a good place for the uninitiated to start.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page