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The Pilgrim (1923)

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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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Cast

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:

A zarándok  »

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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 amount and pattern of icing on the hat changes between shots. See more »

Connections

Featured in Seeing Stars (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Bound for Texas
(1971)
Words and Music by Charles Chaplin
Sung by Matt Monro (as Matt Monroe)
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better than average fare from Chaplin
3 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film was one of three that were later combined by Chapin into a compilation that was released to theaters in the late 1950s under the title "The Chaplin Review".

The film, though a short, was a very complete story and had a lot more depth than earlier Chaplin shorts. In other words, less emphasis was placed on sight gags and more on the story itself. As a result, it played almost like on of his full-length films.

Charlie is an escaped prisoner--an odd situation for Chaplin, I would think. However, being the good guy at heart, he is able to reform himself through the course of the film and live up to the image he created by the 1920s of the lovable Little Tramp (as opposed to the earlier incarnations which were often much more violent and mean).

This film is beautiful technically and I have nothing negative to say. It's a fine short film.


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