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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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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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Technical Specs

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 »

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I'm Bound for Texas
(1971)
Words and Music by Charles Chaplin
Sung by Matt Monro (as Matt Monroe)
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A second class classic
14 May 2004 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I've only seen this as the 40 minute reissue with Matt Monroe warbling Chaplin's song 'Bound for Texas' all the way through it. There's nothing at all wrong with the tune or the singing, except that it comes on too often and makes you realise just how ordinary the rest of the score is. Maybe the DVD's better - maybe!

The film itself is a pleasure, not a joy, but it does have some typically wonderful Chaplin moments in it: The jig with the collection-boxes, the cake/hat, the sticking on his chin of the little 'beard' to make him look tough (what an expression he put on as well!) The reissue moves swiftly along, and you're borne with it until you sadly realise that it's over - too fast. Personally, the storyline is too thin and the gags though numerous are just too disparate and inconsequential to put this amongst his very best, but on a good second level. Charlie's maturer and lesser efforts like this are still towering achievements in comparison with most of his contemporaries and successors best.


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