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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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(105 articles)
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Chaplin understands how close slapstick is to pathos in this classic tearjerking comedy; and remember: kids love this movie See more (92 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:
For the scene in which the Kid is taken from the Tramp and nearly carted away to a workhouse, Charles Chaplin stated in his autobiography that the young Jackie Coogan was made to cry by his father, who told him that if he would not cry in the scene, he would be sent to an actual workhouse.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Bully (Charles Reisner) "punches" the lamppost in half during the fight with the tramp, the post begins to bend itself an instant before the punch lands on it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Troldspejlet: Barnestjerner" (1992)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Chaplin understands how close slapstick is to pathos in this classic tearjerking comedy; and remember: kids love this movie, 4 March 2007
Author: J. Spurlin from United States

I've always thought there's a great beauty and poignancy to the best slapstick comedies, even unsentimental ones like Keaton's "The General" or Laurel and Hardy's "Way Out West." The latter comedy has a scene where L&H perform a soft-shoe dance; it always brings me to tears. Why? Maybe physical comedy has the same kind of effect on me as a dance performance. Both art forms are very expressive; the fact that I'm laughing doesn't dilute the emotional charge.

One of many things that made Chaplin a genius was his understanding of how close slapstick is to pathos already. Why not marry the two things? That's what he did in some of his early short films, and that's what he does in this feature comedy. The Little Tramp finds an abandoned baby and raises him into boyhood. But the authorities find out and want to take little Jackie (Jackie Coogan) away. Meanwhile, the mother who abandoned him has since become a wealthy singer and doesn't know if she'll ever find out what became of him.

Jackie Coogan (about five in this film), with his charming manners, his talents as a mimic and his adeptness at physical comedy, is one of the all-time great child actors. Want more evidence of Chaplin's genius? Coogan doesn't steal the film from him. This is true even though Chaplin, as producer, star and director, makes every evident attempt to spotlight the boy's talents. Coogan is even better here than he is in his own vehicles, like "My Boy" and "Oliver Twist."

Chaplin's storytelling—even with the foolish sub-Dickensian plot twists, such as Jackie suddenly taking ill—deftly draws out the comedy and pathos for maximum effect. The individual scenes themselves are flawlessly constructed. The window-breaking scene, the flophouse scene, the dream sequence, the trying-to-get-rid-of-the-baby scene—they're perfect. Chaplin's celebrated pantomimic skills are examples of storytelling in themselves.

Want me to criticize something? How about those thudding attempts to link the mother with Jesus? But you know, I can't even complain about that. It's too sweetly naïve. And the movie as a whole is too good to allow us to sneer at the (very) few flaws.

One important note: children love this movie. Show it to them while they're young, and you'll make Chaplin fans of them. And that's better than their becoming fans of almost anything that's being peddled to them.

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