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The Immigrant (1917)

 -  Short | Comedy | Drama  -  17 June 1917 (USA)
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Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

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Immigrant (as Charlie Chaplin)
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The Head Waiter
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A Diner
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The Artist
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Storyline

Charlie is on his way to the USA. He wins in a card game, puts the money in Edna's bag (she and her sick mother have been robbed of everything). When he retrieves a little for himself he is accused of being a thief. Edna clears his name. Later, broke, Charlie finds a coin and goes into a restaurant. There he finds Edna, whose mother has died, and asks her to join him. When he reaches for the coin to pay for their meals it is missing (it has fallen through a hole in his pocket). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Drama | Romance

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17 June 1917 (USA)  »

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A Modern Columbus  »

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Trivia

Charles Chaplin edited the film for four days and nights without sleep in order to release it on schedule. See more »

Goofs

An axe disappears off a wall between shots during the craps game. Chaplin originally shot a gag using the axe (photos of this sequence exist) but cut it from the final film, which created a continuity error. See more »

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Is there anything that Charlie Chaplin can't do?
16 February 2001 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

The Immigrant is one of Chaplin's early short films, with a very simple story but Chaplin makes it work. The thing that makes this early short film work so well is Chaplin's skill at slapstick comedy, it's so much fun to watch him try to deal with these endless predicaments that he gets into that you don't even pay attention to the simplicity of the story.

The majority of Chaplin's early films, particularly the short films like The Immigrant, are little more than brief comedy skits. But the value here does not lie in the story of the film, it lies in seeing how well Chaplin fits the role and how entertaining it is, even by todays standards, to watch his face as he realizes that he has dropped his money, after watching a man get beaten up for being ten cents short. The Immigrant is a classic because it is a Charlie Chaplin film, and really for no other reason. Chaplin makes it work, and he does it extremely well.


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