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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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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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Chaplin's brilliant take on World War I. See more (27 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:
Many in Hollywood were nervous that one of their most famous peers was going to tackle the subject of WWI. It was released shortly before the Armistice so it did not help boost national morale. But it did end up as one of Charles Chaplin's most popular films and it was particularly popular with returning doughboys.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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Chaplin's brilliant take on World War I., 11 March 2007
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

In one of the best of Charlie Chaplin's lengthier short films, he places the Little Fellow in the trenches of WWI, where he brings his intolerable politeness and endless patience to the drudgery of trench life, where troops lived for months at a time before finally going over the top to overtake the enemy, and usually to their deaths. It takes someone of Chaplin's skill as a comedian to make something as dreary as trench warfare into such a brilliant comedy, but the irony that he uses in the film makes even the most uncomfortable conditions highly amusing.

Like all of the best of Chaplin's films, short films and otherwise, this one is packed with brilliant and memorable scenes, such as the scene where he marks off kills with a piece of chalk on a board in the trench, erasing one when he gets his helmet shot off, the scene where he and his fellow soldiers are sleeping underwater, the opening of the beer bottle and lighting of the cigarette, and of course, the overtaking of the enemy. All of these scenes are show-stoppers, reminiscent of the most wonderful Chaplin scenes. This one should not be missed!

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