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The Bond -- Charlie and friends illustrate various bonds in life and the most important, Liberty Bonds for the war...


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20 October 1969 (Denmark) See more »
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A little known gem See more (7 total) »


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Edna Purviance ... Charlie's Wife / Liberty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Austin ... Friend (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... John Bull (British version) (uncredited)

Charles Chaplin ... Charlie (uncredited)

Syd Chaplin ... The Kaiser (uncredited)

Joan Marsh ... Cupid (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Industry (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
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Charles Chaplin  writer

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh  (as R.H. Totheroh)
Jack Wilson 
Production Design by
Charles D. Hall 
Other crew
Nellie Bly Baker .... secretary: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)

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10 min
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A fund-raising short for the United States Fourth Liberty Loan Drive in World War I.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Charlie reacts to Cupid's arrow before it hits him.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A little known gem, 17 March 2005
Author: pearseha from Canada

A fantastic reason why not to believe Cinema Expressionism was confined solely to Germany! Compare this work to Caligari, and see for yourself. The settings and makeup not only use the black and white scheme to its fullest, but the far out set designs make this a wonderfully abstract short. This little film explodes the myth that Chaplin was not a "filmic" director, as the whole thing depends entirely on artifice. A great way to explore Chaplin as an artist, not just as a movie maker or comic. The Bond may have been made to avert the scandal caused by Chaplin's failure to enlist in the army (his first real hint of bad press, nastily foreshadowing his later troubles), but it is a sign of Chaplin's abilities that he managed to make this short so much more than propaganda. Further, his brother Sidney makes a startling Kaisar!

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