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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

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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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Comedy | Drama | Family

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6 February 1921 (USA)  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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$2,500,000 (USA)
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| (1971 edit with new Chaplin score)

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(new music score) (1971)|

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1.33 : 1
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Charles Chaplin suffered through a divorce from his first wife Mildred Harris while shooting this film. See more »

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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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A Solid, Though Short, Chaplin Effort
8 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When watching this, I wanted to give the film a 7 rather than an 8, simply because I do not think it is as good as "Modern Times" or one or two others. However, taking into account that this is 1921 and the film technology is not all there, I will give it a little extra bump because it is so clean and well done, it could have been made a decade later and looked the same.

Chaplin has to, of course, be given a lot of credit for producing, writing, directing and starring. Being a great comic actor is one thing, but being able to run your whole production takes a special skill. And young Jackie Coogan sells the picture. The film succeeds or fails depending on your casting of the kid, and they nailed it -- he's adorable, emotional, and seems able to handle any situation.


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