An orphan escapes immigration officials at Ellis Island and goes to live with an old ship's master who can't find work and can't pay the rent.

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Jackie Blair's father was killed in France. His mother died traveling in steerage. This leaves little Jackie Blair alone when he appears at Ellis Island, and the immigration officials want to send him right back. Captain Bill appears on the scene asking for a job - but he's too old and no one wants him. He sees lonely little Jackie, pities him and asks the eight Pinkosuwitz children to include him in their games. Thus, the Captain unwittingly engineers Jackie's escape. The orphan is mixed in with the Pinkosuwitzes when they leave the immigration building. When they find they've gained a ninth child, they send him on his way. This leaves Jackie to follow Captain Bill back to his very modest home - for which the old salt is unable to pay the rent. Jackie tries to make himself useful. He even sings and dances with an organ grinder to make money for the Captain's medicine. Little does either guess that Jackie's wealthy grandmother has everyone in immigration looking for the boy. When ... Written by J. Spurlin

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This film is on the second disc in the 2-Disc Chaplin Collection DVD for The Kid (1921), released in 2004 by Warner Brothers. See more »

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Nice, Sentimental Silent Film
19 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jackie Coogan, the cute little "kid' in Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" gets starring billing of his own in this sentimental story. I suppose how you like this film depends on how you feel about little kids. I've always thought kids were great - if they're nice; if they're spoiled brats, you can have them.

Since Coogan's character in this film, "Jackie Blair," (and almost a dead ringer for the same child in "The Kid"), is a good-hearted boy with two strikes against him, it was easy to root for him.

In this story, Coogan plays a young boy who suffers a horrible consequence of having his mother die on ship en route to America. Before that, his father had just passed away in France. Knowing not a soul upon entering Ellis Isand in New York, he winds up tagging along behind a crusty old guy called "The Captain" (Claude Gillingwater). The old man doesn't want to anything to do with him but, out of pity, lets the kid stay one night. The Captain is in bad shape himself; overdue on his rent and so poor he can't afford his medicine. Meanwhile, two people are after the boy: somebody from the immigration office which now knows someone has slipped by them, and a rich old lady named Mrs. J. Montague Blair who is really the young boy's grandma. By the time she got word of young "Jackie's" plight, it was too late. So, she had people on the lookout for the kid, too.

What happens after that, you'll have to watch the show. I thought it had an interesting blend of sentimentality, action, comedy and drama. It reminded me in some ways of a Shirley Temple film, and that's not all bad!

In all, a nice silent film.....and I mean SILENT. This was part of the The Chaplin Collection "The Kid" DVD and, while the picture was cleaned up and looked pretty good, there was no audio to the film, no score. I found it weird watching a movie with literally no sound.


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