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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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Little Man, What Now? See more (26 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 
 
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Filmmakers in Action (2005)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Little Man, What Now?, 16 September 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp or Little Man character wins World War I, called The Great War at the time, single handedly, even capturing the Kaiser, something the entire Allied armed forces were unable to do. Too bad it all turns out to be a dream, which is somewhat of a cop out and the weakest part of this mesmerizing silent short (almost a feature film at 46 minutes).

There are inventive gags galore including Charlie having to put on a gas mask to eat Limburger cheese sent from home, then using the cheese as a weapon against the Germans; Charlie sleeping underwater in a flooded trench next to a soldier he continues to annoy; Charlie disguising himself as a tree--one of his best sketches ever--and Charlie pretending to beat up his friend who has become a POW, then hugging him when the enemy is out of sight.

One amazing feature is how much Charlie, when he is behind enemy lines dressed as a German, resembles Hitler over ten years before Hitler and his Nazi thugs rose to dominate German politics. Obviously Hitler patterned his appearance after Charlie's from this film.

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