The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.

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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
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Large Deacon
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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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26 February 1923 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Пилигрим  »

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

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

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1.33 : 1
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This was the last film in which Charles Chaplin co-starred with Edna Purviance. Chaplin would direct and have a cameo in her next film, A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) and produce her lost film, A Woman of the Sea (1926), and she would have cameos in a couple of his later films, but this was their last major acting work together. 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 »

Connections

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I'm Bound for Texas
(1971)
Words and Music by Charles Chaplin
Sung by Matt Monro
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Charming, fun, inessential little Chaplin flick
11 August 2008 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Barely reaching four reels, Chaplin plays a convict who escapes from the slammer and, needing a change of clothes, misappropriates the clothing of a minister while he bathes. He hitches a bus ride to a small Texas town, a town that just so happens to be in need of a new minister. He installs himself at the pulpit, and thus, acquires both respect and a place to sleep, but of course, neither is a breeze of contentment. There are several entertaining setpieces, notably his congregational depiction of David & Goliath in glorious pantomime, where David, a pathetic little wimp, finds his laughable methods ineffectual, and is beheaded for his efforts. The other great sequence involves the child of the lady he's staying with, who is a little terror, tormenting Chaplin and others in the house. The plot them proceeds to get in the way, as the little kid's father turns out to be an old cellmate, and the sheriff comes a-knockin', but the brevity of the enterprise ends up working most definitely to its advantage, as the problem is resolved quickly and amusingly, and fades out to presumably smiling patrons. A fun little quickie.

{Grade: 8/10 (B) / #4 (of 6) of 1923}


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