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The Pilgrim (1923)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  26 February 1923 (USA)
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The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.

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Complete credited cast:
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The Girl
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Eloper / Train Conductor / Little Boy's Father (as Sydney Chaplin)
Mai Wells ...
Little Boy's Mother (as ?)
Dean Riesner ...
Little Boy (as Dinky Reisner)
Charles Reisner ...
Crook (as Chuck Reisner)
Tom Murray ...
Sheriff
Kitty Bradbury ...
Girl's Mother
Mack Swain ...
Large Deacon
Loyal Underwood ...
Small Deacon
Henry Bergman ...
Sheriff on Train / Man In Railroad Station
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Storyline

When Charlie escapes from prison he dons a preacher's clothes. By mistake he becomes the new minister for the town of Devil's Gulch. Later, discovered as the convict, the sheriff takes Charlie to the Mexican border where he can choose to return, a convict, or face Mexican bandits at war with each other. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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4 Great Reels

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Short | Comedy

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Release Date:

26 February 1923 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Пилигрим  »

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Runtime:

(re-release) (1950s) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (1959 re-issue)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The bratty boy was played by Dean Riesner, associate director Charles Reisner's son. In later years, Dean recounted how he did not want to slap Charles Chaplin's face, even though the story called for him to do so. So Chaplin and his brother/co-star Sydney Chaplin continually slapped each other's faces to convince Riesner what fun it was. See more »

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The Mexico Texas border is marked by a sign on dry land. The entire Mexico Texas border is in the middle of the Rio Grande. See more »

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I'm Bound for Texas
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Words and Music by Charles Chaplin
Sung by Matt Monro (as Matt Monroe)
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Some Funny Moments With A Few Observations on Human Nature
21 September 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short comedy has some funny moments and a few observations about human nature thrown in. It is one of Chaplin's more popular shorts, due to the good slapstick sequences, even though it might not have as much substance as some of his other features.

At the beginning, Charlie gets mistaken for a town's new preacher, and starting with that, he finds himself in some increasingly complicated situations. There are some good gags and some funny moments that arise as "The Pilgrim" tries to figure out what is expected of him, and tries to fit in.

Edna Purviance is engaging as usual, and Syd Chaplin gets a chance to show his versatility, so both of them add something. A few of the scenes are drawn out a little too long, but in general it's a pretty good feature that most Chaplin fans will enjoy.


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