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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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Tagline:
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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NewsDesk:
(12 articles)
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)

Late Summer Horrors
 (From MUBI. 21 August 2011, 4:51 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
The Little Tramp as a little tramp. See more (18 total) »

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)

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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Trivia:
This was Charles Chaplin's first film for First National Films.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "See Hear: Episode #31.35" (2012)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Little Tramp as a little tramp., 11 March 2007
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

A Dog's Life has more layers than the usual Chaplin films, taking the character slightly more literally than he usually does. The overall appeal of Chaplin's Little Fellow is that he is such an everyman that he can be thrust into an almost endless multitude of situations, and Chaplin uses his limitless talent to mold it into brilliant, humanitarian farce. In this film, the little tramp is more of a homeless fellow than usual (I think he's usually just poor and struggling), and in the process he be-friends another homeless and struggling tramp.

There are some great scenes in the film, although even at only 40 minutes it is a bit too long for the material to support. One scene in particular, where Charlie knocks a bully unconscious, is going to be the most memorable one in the movie, along with a scene where he outsmarts some police officers. There is a charming romance that is neither cloying nor overly involving, just the right amount for a short, light-hearted comedy. This probably would have worked even better as a two reel film, but as it is it stands as one of Chaplin's better three reelers.

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