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The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 1925 (Germany)
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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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Release Date:

1925 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La quimera del oro  »

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$923,000 (estimated)

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(original) | (1942 re-release) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System) (1942 re-issue)| (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A real American Black Bear was used for the scene where the "Lone Prospector" encounters the beast. This was unusual for the time, when it was normal for very phoney-looking costumed men to play large animals. See more »


The second cabin scene where they teeter over the edge of a cliff is supposed to be taking place in the daytime. But gaps in the planks of wood making up the cabin reveal a dark background indicating the film was shot indoors on a stage. When the cabin is tilting back and forth a stage light is occasionally visible through a gap in the upper right side of the cabin wall. See more »


Referenced in Repulsion (1965) See more »

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You just can't beat Charlie Chaplin!
13 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The 1898 Gold Rush to Alaska may have been harsh, but Charlie Chaplin makes it hilarious. As an unnamed prospector, Chaplin goes through a series of gaffes while seeking gold in the Yukon. Most famous of course are the shoe for dinner, the dancing roles, and the cabin teetering on the edge of a cliff. His companion, Big Jim McKay (Mack Swain) at one point is so hungry that he believes Chaplin's character to be a chicken, and before long, a bear enters their cabin. In the midst of it all, the prospector falls in love with dancer Georgia (Georgia Hale).

A real triumph for Charlie Chaplin! They must have had a lot of fun filming it!

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