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15 June 1919 (USA) See more »
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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Referenced in The Birth of the Tramp (2013) (TV)See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Chaplin experimenting., 7 April 2007
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

Sunnyside reminds me of some of the early films in Alfred Hitchcock's career, like Rich & Strange or The Skin Game, which are curiosity pieces both because they come from such massive directors and are still so empty and disappointing. Like some of Hitch's early films, Sunnyside for Charlie Chaplin represents to me a point in his early career when he was testing the waters and still trying to find out what he is really best at doing.

Some people were disappointed that Chaplin forced the Tramp into the unlikely role of a farmhand, forgetting that the very nature of the Tramp is that he is such an everyman that he can be placed in virtually every different kind of situation, from brick-layer to World War I soldier, and Chaplin can use his particular brand of comedy to deliver his clever political themes and brilliant slapstick.

Some of the situations and sequences don't work so well or run as smoothly as many of Chaplin's more famous ones, and there is a bizarre sequence involving some dancing nymphs, but it is interesting to consider how this early, experimental film foreshadows the work that Chaplin did later in much more famous and highly superior films like City Lights and The Kid. Throughout the film are what may be taken as examples of the exasperation that Chaplin has admitted to having during the production of the film, but to call is a total loss is missing the mark completely. Certainly not the best of Chaplin's early short films, but I don't think Chaplin ever made a real failure.

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