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Release Date:
26 February 1923 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edna Purviance ... The Girl

Charles Chaplin ... The Pilgrim

Syd Chaplin ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phyllis Allen ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Frank Antunez ... Bandit (uncredited)
Sarah Barrows ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Monta Bell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Edith Bostwick ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
George Bradford ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
William Carey ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
George Carruthers ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Sniffling Kid in Church (uncredited)

Marion Davies ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Laddie Earle ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
J. Espan ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Miss Evans ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Callie Frey ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Della Glowner ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Lee Glowner ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Theresa Gray ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
F.F. Guenste ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Charles Hafler ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Mary Hamlett ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Cecile Harcourt ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Martha Harris ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Anna Hicks ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Harry Hicks ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Carl Jensen ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Mrs. C. Johnson ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Ethel Kennedy ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Emily Lamont ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Florence Latimer ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Raymond Lee ... Boy in Congregation (uncredited)
Frank Liscomb ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Agnes Lynch ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Paul Mason ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Jack McCredie ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Beth Nagel ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Donnabelle Ouster ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Catherine Parrish ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Mildred Pitts ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Tom Ray ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Carlyle Robinson ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Edna Rowe ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Georgia Sherart ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Mabel Shoulters ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
James J. Smith ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Robert Traughbur ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Louis Troester ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter ... Bandit (uncredited)
Rose Wheeler ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
S.D. Wilcox ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
Paul Wilkins ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
S.W. Williams ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)
H. Wolfinger ... Bit Part in Church Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Chaplin  written by

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Reisner .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mother Vinot .... seamstress (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Other crew
Nellie Bly Baker .... secretary: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Elsie Codd .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Tom Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Germany:39 min (re-release) (1950s) | USA:40 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (1959 re-issue) | Silent
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Seeing Stars (1922)See more »
I'm Bound for TexasSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Funny in the big moments and in the detail, 22 May 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The tramp escapes from prison and, with wanted posters everywhere, takes a train to a place picked randomly – Texas. Disguised as a minister he is fortune enough to be mistaken for the real deal when he stumbles into a welcoming party for a town's new minister, Reverend Phillip Pin. A mixed blessing this as it puts more pressure on his disguise and makes it even more important he cover up the telltale signs of a life spent behind bars.

As part of my recent film education I have been watching quite a few Chaplin films of this period as Sky have been showing them as a season over the last few weeks and what I have found is what everyone already knows – which is that the enduring popularity of Chaplin is not a fluke or accident. No, The Pilgrim yet again demonstrates the talent and skill that Chaplin had because it is very funny, imaginative and well put together. The story is simply and allows for a series of scenarios where Chaplin can work his comedy such as the hat becoming part of the pudding, the early confused chase and so on. However in the smaller moments you can also see plenty of evidence of talent; my favourite moments of the film are the frequent bits of habitual behaviour that betray the tramp as a convict. Having bought a ticket for the train he then climbs under the car because he is not aware of any other way of doing it, or while buying the ticket he leans against the bar as one would in a cage. Little things like this running along with the bigger scenarios make the film that much funnier for having a consistency to it.

In front of the camera Chaplin delivers perfectly. I have yet to get into his later films (although I will do) but I will be interested to see how he acts when he has the ability to deliver dialogue with sound. The reason for this is that silent film acting is much different from dialogue driven because near everything has to be done with body language and gestures; goes without saying that he is great at it. He is well supported by a cast getting familiar to me after seeing several of his shorts and the turns from Swain, Purviance, Underwood and others are good.

Overall then another classic comedy from Chaplin that is consistently funny due to the bigger laughs blended with lots of clever amusing detail.

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