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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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Good for the Soul, 29 August 2005
Author: Cineanalyst

Chaplin originally planned "The Pilgrim" as a two-reel short, but it expanded to a four-reel feature. When comparing it to his films at Mutual or before, it's evident how far Chaplin had come with his First National pictures: he took his time elaborating and extending fewer gags and set pieces and in developing the plot and characters. His First National films may not always be as continually uproarious as his Mutual ones, but they are, I think, more satisfying and affecting.

"The Kid", deservedly his most beloved First National release, greatly strained Chaplin's relationship with the distributors. He would leave yet another company to continue in his evermore-ambitious efforts. Jeffrey Vance, in "Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema", makes an interesting observation: he points out that Chaplin plays an escaped prisoner in both his last Mutual film, "The Adventurer", and in this film, his last First National release. They both reflect the filmmaker's escape from confining contracts.

There's some light satire on a religious community and parody of Westerns, and Chaplin gets plenty of mileage out of the common mistaken identity device. I didn't find any of the gags particularly memorable, but the hilarity is sustained throughout the film. "The Pilgrim" is, as religion can be, uplifting.

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