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Writer:
Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
14 April 1918 (USA) See more »
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Charlie Chaplin In his First Million Dollar Picture See more »
Plot:
The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Thompson Square shares 'A Dog's Life' song for Purina Dog Chow's Dog Families community
 (From Pop2it. 15 August 2012, 4:43 PM, PDT)

Gualtiero Jacopetti obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 22 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... Tramp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Anderson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bert Appling ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
Albert Austin ... Thief (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Fat Unemployed Man / Dance-hall Lady (uncredited)
A.D. Blake ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Mel Brown ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
Minnie Chaplin ... Dance-Hall Dramatic Lady (uncredited)

Syd Chaplin ... Lunchwagon Owner (uncredited)
Dorothy Cleveland ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Slim Cole ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
Margaret Cullington ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Margaret Dracup ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Jack Duffy ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Billy Dul ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Richard Dunbar ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Ella Eckhardt ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Minnie Eckhardt ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Ted Edwards ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
Jerry Ferragoma ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Louis Fitzroy ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
Charles Force ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
J.L. Fraube ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Jim Habif ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Oliver Hall ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Fay Holderness ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Thief (uncredited)
Jean Johnson ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
J. Parks Jones ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
James T. Kelley ... Man at Hot Dog Stand (uncredited)
John Lord ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
M.J. McCarthy ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
James McCormick ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
L.S. McVey ... Musician (uncredited)
Edward Miller ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
J. Miller ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Lillian Morgan ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Mut ... Scraps - a Thoroughbred Mongrel (uncredited)
Jim O'Niall ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Brand O'Ree ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Florence Parellee ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
J.F. Parker ... Musician (uncredited)

Edna Purviance ... Bar Singer (uncredited)
Bruce Randall ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Dance-Hall Proprietor (uncredited)
Alfred Reeves ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Charles Reisner ... Employment Agency Clerk (uncredited)
Mrs. Rigoletti ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Thomas Riley ... Unemployed Man (uncredited)
Sarah Rosenberg ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
H.C. Simmons ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Lottie Smithson ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Fred Starr ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Janet Sully ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
N. Tahbel ... Hot Tamale Man (uncredited)
Loyal Underwood ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Bob Wagner ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Rob Wagner ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
William White ... Man in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Grace Wilson ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Policeman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (1957)
 
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Reisner .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mother Vinot .... seamstress (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nellie Bly Baker .... secretary: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Elsie Codd .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Charles Gee .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Tom Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
33 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (1959 re-issue) | Silent
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sydney Chaplin (Charles Chaplin's brother), played a small role in this film, and it was the first time the two brothers were on screen together.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fluttering Hearts (1927)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"Thoroughbred mongrel", 15 June 2010
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

Just like his little tramp alter ego, Charlie Chaplin liked to think big, and had always aimed to extend the scale and scope of his pictures, never content to be a two-reel sideshow. At 35 minutes, A Dog's Life could hardly be described as his first full-length feature, but it arguably represents his break away from shorts.

Just the opening shot of A Dog's Life shows how Chaplin is starting to inject some grand sweep into his storytelling. The camera begins amid city rooftops, tilting down to reveal Charlie sleeping amid the rubbish behind a ramshackle fence. The way this purpose-built set is shot demonstrates how Chaplin was as much a "proper" director as a comic. He several times has a shabby sign advertising "rooms" visible in the background – a subtle reminder that the tramp is too poor even for the cheapest accommodation.

It's a nice touch how Charlie's canine friend is introduced in a handful of cutaways during this opening scene – treating him as a real character rather than just a plot device. But this is not to the detriment to his human companions, and indeed leading lady Edna Purviance gets a more substantial part than she did in many of the shorts. She makes a really great character here, giving an impression of a naïve but feisty youngster, certainly more than just a token female. It's this kind of characterisation that gives A Dog's Life the kind of comprehensive structure of a feature film, as opposed to a comedy short in which people just turn up on screen for a bit of funny business.

On a quick side-note, this is the earliest Chaplin picture which features a score written by him (although since he wrote the music in retrospect some decades later it's not the first he wrote). It's another testament to the breadth of his genius, showing both considerable musical ability as well as his own irreverent personality. Numbers like the dance hall rag are of course very "silent comedy", but pieces like the opening theme have a truly deep and epic feel to them. Even here though, the Chaplin cheekiness shines through, with different parts of the orchestra playing off each other in a kind of question-and-answer routine.

Chaplin would repeat this "little companion" routine, swapping dog for tot in his first genuine full-length feature The Kid. A Dog's Life remains a worthy predecessor, part of the comedian's ever upward trajectory at this point in his career. It would take more battling with studio heads for Chaplin to get his ideas fully realised, but it was pictures like this that began to get silent comedy taken seriously.

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