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Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
6 February 1921 (USA) See more »
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This is the great film he has been working on for a whole year See more »
Plot:
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(108 articles)
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A picture with laughter and a few tears, indeed. See more (101 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
The main theme from Charles Chaplin's score is based on a theme from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When both the Tramp and the kid are chased by the policeman, the kid loses his cap which falls to the ground in the yard before he could enter in his home. Still, when he is seen inside, he has got his cap back upon his head.See more »
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A picture with laughter and a few tears, indeed., 1 January 2010
Author: bobsgrock from United States

Charlie Chaplin was perhaps the most innovative auteur of the silent era and certainly the most famous. His character, the Tramp, is now a cultural icon and will forever be a symbol of poverty and travesty that was American society in the early 20th century, but something all of us can overcome.

In one of his first roles with this character, he played opposite a very young Jackie Coogan, who would go on to play Uncle Fester in the cult TV series The Addams Family. Taking himself and this very talented young boy, Chaplin made a masterwork; one that he truly could call his own as he wrote, directed, starred in and composed the score for this film.

Here, Chaplin feeds to one of the most basic of all human desires: to care for a child and be needed and loved by one another. The Tramp finds an abandoned baby in an alley and in order to not be caught by a policeman he takes the child in as his own. He hasn't got much but he does have love, which is more than can be said for the child's mother.

Flash forward five years, and now the mother wants her son back. Circumstances arise and soon the Tramp is fighting for the right to keep his little companion. Even so, the story is thin but I believe Chaplin was going for something more deep and meaningful. This also gave him a chance to work on some different visual styles and comedic gimmicks, things not used much at the time in the movies. Using these little tricks and ideas, Chaplin creates a real persona not just for himself but also the supporting cast and involving us in the story.

However, at the heart of the story are the emotions about fighting for the right to be a parent/guardian; someone the kid can look up to and sleep beside and confide in. It tugs at your heart all while making you laugh, sometimes in the same scene. This shows the work of a true genius; someone who knew what he wanted to create and the style in which he wanted to portray it.

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