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The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 1925 (Germany)
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

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A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm. Written by John J. Magee <magee@helix.mgh.harvard.edu>

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$923,000 (estimated)
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The only location shot used in the final cut of the film is opening shot of the miners heading up Chilkoot Pass. See more »

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In the dancing scene with Georgia and the Lone Propector at first you see him holding the cane straight and trying to keep his trousers up with his right hand. After the scene change he is holding it upside down and he uses the bend part of the cane to keep his trousers up. See more »

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Featured in Unknown Chaplin: Hidden Treasure (1983) See more »

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A Worthy Silent Classic
6 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This silent classic has many strong points - it has a lot of humor, interesting characters, a good story and good settings. It's the kind of film that shows how much a master film-maker can communicate in a silent movie. It overdoes the sentimentality on occasion, but other than that it's a fine film.

Chaplin himself plays the 'Lone Prospector', and he is joined by several other interesting characters in a frozen north setting that sets up some good adventures and drama. There are some memorable scenes in the prospectors' rickety cabins, plus some other good material.

The version of this that is the easiest to find is the one that Chaplin re-edited in the 1940's, adding his own narration and deleting the title cards, which gives it a slightly different feel. (These revisions probably make it a bit easier to follow for those who aren't used to silent films.) You can tell from Chaplin's narration how fond he must have been of "The Gold Rush", and he had a lot of good reasons to be pleased with it. There are a couple of his later films that might be even better and more timeless, but this one contains everything that defined Chaplin and his art.


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