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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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Complete credited cast:
The Girl
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)
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Kitty Bradbury ...
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Loyal Underwood ...
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Henry Bergman ...
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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 <>

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4 Great Reels


Short | Comedy






Release Date:

26 February 1923 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pilgrim  »

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

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


Edited into The Chaplin Revue (1959) See more »


I'm Bound for Texas
Words and Music by Charles Chaplin
Sung by Matt Monro (as Matt Monroe)
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Fun way out West!
20 November 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

Over-shadowed by such classics as THE GOLD RUSH or CITY-LIGHTS, THE PILGRIM is a delight and is perhaps Charlie's finest 'short'. Dropping his 'Little Tramp' character, Chaplin is now an escaped convict, heading out West disguised as a clergyman and who is mistaken for the new Pastor of a small Western town.

Sentiment is kept at a minimum and THE PILGRIM is filled with inventive sight gags and sequences, with perhaps the stand-out being the middle-section, where Charlie suffers from the attentions of a little boy (the bowler hat covered with custard and served as afternoon tea is a wonderfully surreal touch)..

The 1959 re-issued version is perhaps the version to see, as it comes with a wonderful score by Chaplin and a specially written theme song, 'Bound For Texas' sung by Britain's own Matt Monroe. It's a memorably jaunty song which you will be humming for days afterwards.

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