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A Dog's Life (1918)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  14 April 1918 (USA)
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The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.

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Poor Charlie lives in a vacant lot. He tries to get a job but when he gets to the head of the employment line the jobs are gone. Back "home" he rescues Scraps, a bitch being attacked by other strays. Together they manage to steal some sausages from a lunch wagon. They enter a dance hall where Edna is a singer and unwilling companion to the clientele. He is thrown out when he can't pay. Back "home" Scraps digs up a money-filled wallet buried by crooks. They return to the dance hall to find Edna fired. The wallet goes back and forth between Charlie and the crooks. Charlie, Edna and Scraps end up very happily. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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14 April 1918 (USA)  »

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Une vie de chien  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (1959 re-issue)|

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1.33 : 1
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This was Charles Chaplin's first film for First National Films. See more »

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During the fight at the lunch cart, one of the props holding up the awning gets knocked away. In subsequent shots, the prop is back in place. See more »

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Entertaining Chaplin short
28 February 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

In 'A Dog's Life' our little tramp takes care of dog, the nice touch in this movie. Other things are familiar. He encounters the police, he tries to steal food from a salesman, has money problems in a bar, has some trouble with two thugs and of course he gets the girl.

The best single moment in this short is when he pretends to be one of the two thugs. With perfect timing this a perfect piece of comedy and just this part makes the movie worth watching. There are other funny moments, especially with the dog's tale. A nice short that is a little too long. The very funny final moments (including the part with the two thugs) make sure we don't think about that too much.


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