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Shoulder Arms -- Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.

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Charles Chaplin (writer)
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Release Date:
20 October 1918 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
Charlie Chaplin and the Tramp: the birth of a hero
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 27 January 2014, 11:30 AM, PST)

The genres Hollywood left behind
 (From Den of Geek. 4 August 2011, 11:01 AM, PDT)

Keaton and Chaplin
 (From MUBI. 24 May 2011, 9:32 AM, PDT)

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The Tramp Goes To War See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edna Purviance ... The Girl

Charles Chaplin ... Doughboy

Syd Chaplin ... Charlie's Comrade / The Kaiser (as Sydney Chaplin)
Loyal Underwood ... Short German Officer
Henry Bergman ... Fat Whiskered Soldier / The Kaiser's General / Bartender
Tom Wilson ... Dumb German Wood-Cutter
Albert Austin ... American Soldier / Clean Shaven German Soldier / Bearded German Soldier
Jack Wilson ... Crown Prince
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
W.J. Allen ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
L.A. Blaisdell ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
A.D. Blake ... Soldier (uncredited)
Cliff Brouwer ... Soldier (uncredited)
E. Brucker ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
F.S. Colby ... Soldier (uncredited)
Slim Cole ... Soldier (uncredited)
Wellington Cross ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
E.H. Devere ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
C.L. Dice ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
M.J. Donovan ... Soldier (uncredited)
Guy Eakins ... Soldier (uncredited)
Fred Everman ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Mark Faber ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
G.A. Godfrey ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
Harry Goldman ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Soldier (uncredited)
W.E. Graham ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
James Griffin ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
William Hackett ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Ray Hanford ... Soldier (uncredited)
A.J. Hartwell ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
O.E. Haskins ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Tom Hawley ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Carl Herlinger ... Bit Part (uncredited)
W. Herron ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
Ed Hunt ... Soldier (uncredited)
E.B. Johnson ... Soldier (uncredited)
J. Parks Jones ... U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Knuske ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Sam Lewis ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Tom Madden ... Soldier (uncredited)
G.E. Marygold ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
Clyde McAtee ... Soldier (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
A. North ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Louis Orr ... Soldier (uncredited)
J.T. Powell ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
John Rand ... U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Shalford ... Soldier (uncredited)
J.H. Shewry ... Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter ... Soldier (uncredited)
W.G. Wagner ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
Tiny Ward ... Soldier (uncredited)
J.H. Warne ... Motorcyclist (uncredited)
Jack Willis ... Soldier / Bit Part in Street Scene (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Chaplin  writer

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)
Tom Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
45 min (17 fps) | 36 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:
Originally planned at five reels; outtakes were preserved in Chaplin's private collection. True Boardman, Marion Feducha and Frankie Lee played Chaplin's sons in cut domestic scenes intended for the beginning of the film. Peggy Prevost and Nina Trask portrayed draft board clerks, Alfred Reeves a draft board sergeant and Albert Austin a doctor in a cut scene at the draft board office.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Charlie, disguised as a tree, enters a pipe to escape a German. When the German tries to pull Charlie out he seperates the lower part of the tree costume along with Charlie's shoes. When Charlie emerges from the other end of the pipe he is still wearing shoes.See more »
Quotes:
Officer:How did you capture thirteen?
Recruit:I surrounded them.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Tramp Goes To War, 29 August 2005
Author: Cineanalyst

The big names in cinema tried to do their part for the war effort, and Charlie Chaplin was no exception. This patriotic and propagandist picture, "Shoulder Arms", is part of his contribution, although the war was nearly over by the time of its release. The tramp goes to war, humorously accomplishes acts of heroism and kicks the Kaiser in the bum. It's a very funny film, although I don't think it nearly one of his best. It's with "A Dog's Life" as his better output for First National before he made his early masterpiece "The Kid". They were his first three-reelers, which contain sustained, more elaborate gags than he could usually orchestrate in his two-reel shorts at Mutual.

It can be difficult to balance a pro-war message with slapstick antics and scenes of burlesque on the front, but one wouldn't think so watching "Shoulder Arms". It's also preferable in many respects to a "more serious", dramatic work with a similar message, such as Griffith's "Hearts of the World". Chaplin had become a true virtuoso of screen comedy by this time; he makes it look effortless. He knew very well by then that a film with fewer gags--with more elaboration, refinement and careful timing--could be better than any knockabout, Keystone-type farce with a dozen pratfalls a minute. The sequence where Chaplin is disguised as a tree is a pertinent example. Even with wars raging, Chaplin can lift the spirits of millions.

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