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The "dancing rolls" sequence was so popular with audiences that, in some cases (such as the film's Berlin premiere), projectionists stopped the film and replayed the scene.
Charles Chaplin stated that this was the film by which he most wanted to be remembered.
The scene where The Lone Prospector and Big Jim have a boot for supper took three days and 63 takes to suit director Charles Chaplin. The boot was made of licorice, and Chaplin was later rushed to a hospital suffering insulin shock. The boot was made by the firm of Hillaby's in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England; Pontefract is famous for growing licorice and making it into "Pomfret [Pontefract] Cakes".
At the time of filming, Charles Chaplin and Georgia Hale were having an affair, so that when their finale's lingering kiss was filmed, it was (according to Hale in Unknown Chaplin [1983]) "not acting". By the time the movie was re-issued in 1942, Chaplin was long done with Hale, and he trimmed their final scene to exclude the long kiss.
Mack Swain decided to quit, complaining that he couldn't bear such a vigorous role wearing a thick fur winter suit. Chaplin let him leave, but decided to coax him back. Unfortunately, Swain had already shaved and rather than have him wear a fake beard, Chaplin decided to pause production until Swain regrew his beard.
The 2,500 men playing prospectors were real vagrants who were hired for one day's pay.
The movie's poster was as #13 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere.
The fifth highest grossing silent film in history.
There was 27 times more film shot than appeared in the final cut.
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.
Originally a stagehand wore the chicken suit from Jim's hallucination. But when he couldn't mime Charles Chaplin's walk and manners, Chaplin himself donned the suit.
In his autobiography, Charles Chaplin revealed he had the idea for this film at Pickfair, the home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Indeed, his two friends and associates were showing him pictures of Alaska and Klondike. One of them was picturing prospectors climbing the Chilkoot col, which gave Chaplin the subject of his next movie.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
The part of Georgia (the showgirl) was originally written for Charles Chaplin's new wife Lita Grey, but she was replaced by Georgia Hale when she became pregnant.
The only Charles Chaplin silent comedy in which he began to shoot with a story fully worked out.
The first of Charles Chaplin's silent films which he revived with the addition of sound for new audiences.
Was voted the 15th Greatest Film of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
During production, Charles Chaplin's short-lived marriage to Lita Grey collapsed and he embarked on an affair with leading lady Georgia Hale.
The film entered the public domain in 1953 because the claimants neglected to renew its copyright registration.
Location filming proved too problematic so Charles Chaplin shot the entire film on the backlot and stages of his Hollywood studio, including an elaborate reconstruction of the Klondike. His leisurely approach to film-making - and multiple takes - did not suit the demands of location filming.
This movie was re-released in theaters in 1942 with a new musical score. Much of the new music was written by Charles Chaplin himself, in collaboration with musical director Max Terr. Chaplin also added sound effects to the film, and replaced the silent movie title cards with descriptive voice-over narration (the 1942 version is included in the two-disc Special Edition DVD of the film). The new release received two Oscar nominations in 1943: Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and ironically for Best Sound.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #58 Greatest American Movie of All Time.
The only location shot used in the final cut of the film is opening shot of the miners heading up Chilkoot Pass.
Carole Lombard tested for the female lead after Lita Grey's unexpected pregnancy forced her to drop out of the film.
Early working titles included "Lucky Strike" and "The Northern Story".
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992.
Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.
When shot silent, the film would utilize the entire image area available measuring 1.33:1. When reissued in 1942 with sound the sound strip was overlaid over the left part of the film, and the top and bottom were cropped as well to maintain the 1.37:1 academy ratio resulting in sometimes awkward image composition. This can be seen on the Warner DVD releases of the reissue, while the previous Image entertainment disc was mastered from the full silent aperture negative and does not contain the cropping.
Charles Chaplin claimed he got the idea for the film when he saw pictures of gigantic lines of prospectors heading up to the Alaskan gold fields.
The first United Artists film in which Charles Chaplin took a starring role.
The roll dance is one of the most famous sequences in the film although Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle had done something similar in the film The Rough House (1917).
From the title card, the "dinner roll dance" is introduced as "The Oceania Roll Dance".

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