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The Kid -- The tale of an abandoned baby adopted by an impoverished tramp and the life they build together.


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Release Date:
6 February 1921 (USA) See more »
This is the great film he has been working on for a whole year See more »
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Must-See Silent Comedy See more (111 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Carl Miller ... The Man

Edna Purviance ... The Woman

Jackie Coogan ... The Child (as Jack Coogan)

Charles Chaplin ... A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Austin ... Man in Shelter (uncredited)
Beulah Bains ... Bride (uncredited)
Nellie Bly Baker ... Slum Nurse (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Professor Guido / Night Shelter Keeper (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Orphan Asylum Driver (uncredited)
F. Blinn ... His Assistant (uncredited)
Kitty Bradbury ... Bride's Mother (uncredited)
Frank Campeau ... Welfare Officer (uncredited)
Bliss Chevalier ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Frances Cochran ... Extra in Reception Scene (uncredited)
Elsie Codd ... Extra in Alley Scene (uncredited)
Jack Coogan Sr. ... Pickpocket / Guest / Devil (uncredited)
Estelle Cook ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Lillian Crane ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Philip D'Oench ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Dan Dillon ... Bum (uncredited)
Robert Dunbar ... Bridegroom (uncredited)
Florette Faulkner ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Rupert Franklin ... Bride's father / Extra in Reception Scene (uncredited)
Sadie Gordon ... Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)

Lita Grey ... Flirtatious Angel (uncredited)
Frank Hale ... Extra in Reception Scene (uncredited)
Martha Hall ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Jules Hanft ... Physician (uncredited)
Louise Hathaway ... Extra in Alley Scene (uncredited)
Silas Hathaway ... The Kid as a Baby (uncredited)
Flora Howard ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Ed Hunt ... Extra in Reception Scene (uncredited)
Lulu Jenks ... Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)
Irene Jennings ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Kathleen Kay ... Maid (uncredited)
Grace Keller ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Sarah Kernan ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Raymond Lee ... His Kid Brother (uncredited)
Walter Lynch ... Tough Cop (uncredited)
V. Madison ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Clyde McAtee ... Extra in Reception Scene (uncredited)
Michael J. McCarthy ... Extra (angel) Heaven & (cook) Alley Scene (uncredited)
John McKinnon ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Ethel O'Neil ... Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)
Lew Parker ... Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)
Charles I. Pierce ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Laura Pollard ... Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)
Evans Quirk ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)

Esther Ralston ... Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... The Man's Friend (uncredited)
Charles Reisner ... Bully (uncredited)
Henry Roser ... Extra in Heaven Scene (uncredited)
J.B. Russell ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
George V. Sheldon ... Extra in Reception Scene (uncredited)
Edgar Sherrod ... Priest (uncredited)
Elsie Sindora ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Minnie Stearns ... Fierce Woman (uncredited)
Mother Vinot ... Extra in Alley Scene (uncredited)
May White ... Edna's Maid (uncredited)
S.D. Wilcox ... Cop (uncredited)
Baby Wilson ... Baby in Carriage (uncredited)
Edith Wilson ... Lady with Baby Carriage (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Amanda Yanez ... Extra in Alley Scene (uncredited)
Baby Yanez ... Extra in Alley Scene (uncredited)
Elsie Young ... Extra in Wedding Scene (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 (as Charlie Chaplin)
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (1971) (as Charlie Chaplin)
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Powolny .... assistant director (uncredited)
A. Edward Sutherland .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
H. Wenger .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mother Vinot .... seamstress (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric James .... music associate (1971 release)
Eric Rogers .... conductor (1971 re-release)
Eric Rogers .... orchestrator (1971 re-release)
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)
Charles Reisner .... associate director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
68 min | 50 min (1971 edit with new Chaplin score) | Germany:54 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (new music score) (1971) | Silent

Did You Know?

The main theme from Charles Chaplin's score is based on a theme from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony.See more »
Continuity: During the fight scene with the Bully, the unconscious police man on the ground changes position in between shots.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Making Life Beautiful (1999) (TV)See more »


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50 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A Must-See Silent Comedy, 4 March 2002
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

While perhaps not as celebrated now as some of Chaplin's later features, "The Kid" is an excellent achievement and a thoroughly enjoyable film. Charlie and young Jackie Coogan make an entertaining and unforgettable pair, and there is a lot of good slapstick plus a story that moves quickly and makes you want to know what will happen. Chaplin also wrote a particularly good score for this one, and most of the time the music sets off the action very nicely.

While it's a fairly simple story, this is one of Chaplin's most efficiently designed movies. Every scene either is necessary to the plot, or is very funny for its own sake, or both. Except for Chaplin and Coogan, most of the other characters (even frequent Chaplin leading lady Edna Purviance) are just there to advance the plot when needed, and the two leads are allowed to carry the show, which they both do extremely well.

"The Kid" is also impressive in that, while the story is a sentimental one, it strikes an ideal balance, maintaining sympathy for the characters while never overdoing it with the pathos, which Chaplin occasionally lapsed into even in some of his greatest movies. Here, the careful balance makes the few moments of real emotion all the more effective and memorable.

This is one of Chaplin's very best movies by any measure. If you enjoy silent comedies, don't miss it.

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