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Release Date:
4 November 1923 (USA) See more »
A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edna Purviance ... Marie St. Clair

Clarence Geldart ... Her Step-Father (as Clarence Geldert)
Carl Miller ... Jean Millet
Lydia Knott ... His Mother
Charles K. French ... His Father (as Charles French)

Adolphe Menjou ... Pierre Revel
Betty Morrissey ... Fifi
Malvina Polo ... Paulette
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nellie Bly Baker ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Head Waiter (uncredited)

Charles Chaplin ... Station Porter (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Stella De Lanti ... Revel's Fiancée (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jean de Limur ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)

Charles Farrell ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mannequin (uncredited)
Karl Gutman ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ... Tramp (uncredited)
Harry Northrup ... Revel's Valet (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Gigolo (uncredited)
Arthur Stibolt ... Cook (uncredited)
A. Edward Sutherland ... Cook (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (1976)
Louis F. Gottschalk (uncredited)
Fritz Stahlberg (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
Jack Wilson (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Monta Bell (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Arthur Stibolt (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
A. Edward Sutherland .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric James .... music associate (1976 version)
Eric Rogers .... music orchestrated and conducted by
Eddy Joseph .... music editor (1976 version) (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
Other crew
Monta Bell .... literary editor (uncredited)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast .... researcher (uncredited)
Jean de Limur .... researcher (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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USA:78 min (1976 release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (1978 re-release) | Silent
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Germany:0 | Spain:T | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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The first major failure in Charles Chaplin's career. Many believe the film would have been a success if he taken his name off the picture altogether.See more »
Marie St. Clair:Perhaps you're right. It was a moment of weakness.See more »
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A Chaplin film without Chaplin as a performer, 4 April 2010
Author: calvinnme from United States

1923's "A Woman of Paris is probably not what you'd expect in a Chaplin film based on the totality of his body of work, both in features and in shorts. However, that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile viewing. It just means if you are new to Chaplin, you might not want to start here.

"A Woman of Paris" showed Chaplin's talent behind the camera without him appearing in front of it, except for a lone cameo in which he quickly appears and then disappears acting as a luggage boy. He made it for two reasons, to do some pioneering in cinematic technique and to help give his long time costar and companion Edna Purviance a career boost. The film is actually quite good with great performances by Purviance and by Adolphe Menjou as a carefree playboy. The film did make a star out of Menjou. It didn't really help Purviance that much. The film is about a pair of star-crossed lovers that circumstance drives apart and then brings back together and the eventual tragedy that occurs due to the weakness of will of Purviance's character's one time fiancé, played by Carl Miller.

The film was a failure at the box office, not because it was bad, but because audiences expected to see Chaplin when they went to a Chaplin film. After the failure of this film, Chaplin went back to formulas that were tried and true for him and never really went out on a limb experimenting again, which is too bad for all of us.

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