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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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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)

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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)

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:
Zasu Pitts supposedly had a bit part in this movie, but her scenes were deleted.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 Chaplin Today: The Gold Rush (2003) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Chaplin Expanded, 29 August 2005
Author: Cineanalyst

This was Charlie Chaplin's first film for First National, and with his pictures there, he could create movies of longer, or varied, length, rather than the two-reelers he was obliged to churn out before. His Mutual shorts were a vast improvement over his previous work, but watching them I'd sometimes get the sense that his ideas required more time to elaborate, to fully realize, or unfold. The hilarity of the gags in "A Dog's Life" result from this newly acquired freedom to expand his films.

I don't think it's one of Chaplin's most important works, or one of his best, but "A Dog's Life" is very funny and left me in high spirits. The crying set piece was hilarious. As well, Chaplin continued to use props and settings to his comedic advantage, such as with the missing boards and the door of his fenced home when he eludes a policeman in the beginning of the film.

Perhaps, the most interesting aspect of this one is the elaborate pantomime that goes on. The creation of the world within a silent film often created problems for lesser filmmakers on what the role of sound is within that world. There is obviously sound in the world of "A Dog's Life", but the tramp continually ignores it and oft prefers to use pantomime to express himself--or others, as in the elaborate scene using his hands. This demonstrated a lot of thought on Chaplin's part, and it's something that could be done only in the silent era. For all the comic genius in America at the time, the fact that the clowns couldn't talk shouldn't be overlooked, for it was full of advantages.

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