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The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 6 February 1921 (USA)
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.


(as Charlie Chaplin)


(as Charlie Chaplin)

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Carl Miller ...
The Woman
The Child (as Jack Coogan)
A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)


The opening title reads: "A comedy with a smile--and perhaps a tear". As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna has become an opera star but does charity work for slum youngsters in hope of finding her boy. A doctor called by Edna discovers the note with the truth about the Kid and reports it to the authorities who come to take him away from Charlie. Before he arrives at the Orphan Asylum Charlie steals him back and takes him to a flophouse. The proprietor reads of a reward for the Kid and takes him to Edna. Charlie is later awakened by a kind policeman who reunites him with the Kid at Edna's mansion. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

6 February 1921 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Waif  »

Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)


$2,500,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (1971 edit with new Chaplin score) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

(new music score) (1971)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lita Grey, who portrays an angel in the film, was Charles Chaplin's second wife, from 1924-27. See more »


During the fight scene with the Bully, the unconscious police man on the ground changes position in between shots. See more »


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Chaplin and Coogan team for a classic
18 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Charlie Chaplin's study of a tramp teaming up with a street kid (the cute little Jackie Coogan) has a fine line to tread between humour and pathos, and true to what you would expect of his best work, does it superbly. The tramp always manages to wring the hearts of his viewers and adding a little boy to the mix was the finishing touch. Look out too for little Lita Grey in the angel sequence, who would become Chaplin's 2nd wife four years after this film was made.

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