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Charlie Chaplin In His Third Million Dollar Comedy
Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... Farm Handyman (as Charlie Chaplin)

Edna Purviance ... Village Belle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olive Ann Alcorn ... Nymph (uncredited)
Albert Austin ... Slicker (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Villager and Edna's Father (uncredited)
A.D. Blake ... Small Role (uncredited)
Olive Burton ... Nymph (uncredited)
Willie Mae Carson ... Nymph (uncredited)
George Cole ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tom Harrington ... Small Role (uncredited)
N.E. Hendrix ... Small Role (uncredited)
Lulu Jenks ... Small Role (uncredited)
J. Parks Jones ... Fat Man (uncredited)
David Kohn ... Small Role (uncredited)
Helen Kohn ... Nymph (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tom Terriss ... Young Man from the City (uncredited)

Loyal Underwood ... Fat Boy's Father (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Boss (uncredited)
Tom Wood ... Fat Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin  (as Charlie Chaplin)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Chaplin  written by (as Charlie Chaplin)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer
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)
Music Department
Charles Chaplin .... music composer (1974) (as Charlie Chaplin)
Eric James .... music associate (1974)
Eric Rogers .... conductor (1974)
Eric Rogers .... orchestrator (1974)
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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41 min | 34 min | USA:29 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (re-issue) | Silent

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Chaplin described the making of this film as 'like pulling teeth' in his autobiography due to the mental block he suffered as a result of his unhappy marriage to 'Mildred Harris'.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"etc, etc, etc", 19 August 2010
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

Charlie Chaplin's satirical streak was not reserved solely for pompous authority figures with big bellies and wispy beards. He was not averse to turning his wit outwards and directing it at the very production style and process he himself was a part of. Sunnyside does not lampoon the movie industry – rather it makes a joke out of the Chaplin brand which the comic, eager to move on to more sophisticated feature films, was beginning to grow weary of.

Chaplin had practically invented the narrative slapstick comedy, but here he belittles the storytelling aspects that were now a comedy standard, curtailing descriptions of characters and places with "etc, etc, etc" and using a title card to bluntly announce the romantic subplot. Throughout the picture he makes use of his now most clichéd plot devices – the abused employee, the sophisticated love rival, the "it-was-all-a-dream" revelation – and, of course, numerous examples of his stock slapstick manoeuvre, the kick up the arse.

And yet, it appears Chaplin was incapable of deliberately making a bad picture. There are plenty of decent gags here, especially those at the beginning where Charlie thwarts his employer's attempts to get him out of bed. And even at the height of his sarcasm and hyperbole it seems Chaplin cannot help but work in gags and sub-gags which are genuinely funny. And for all its narrative laziness, Sunnyside is actually strong in its visual storytelling, beginning with the iris on the church spire to set the tone, then opening up the iris to reveal an exquisitely balanced shot of the village. And even the rushed ending is among Chaplin's sweetest in its delicate imagery.

And there's more; the all important statistic – Number of kicks up the arse: 24 (2 for, 22 against – can this be a record?)

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