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Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
1928 (Turkey) See more »
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Tagline:
Charlie Chaplin in the Greatest Picture of His Entire Career... See more »
Plot:
The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(52 articles)
User Reviews:
Alternately touching and hilarious; one of Chaplin's finest achievements See more (199 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Al Ernest Garcia ... The Circus Proprietor and Ring Master (as Allan Garcia)
Merna Kennedy ... His Step-Daughter - A Circus Rider
Harry Crocker ... Rex - A Tight Rope Walker
George Davis ... A Magician
Henry Bergman ... An Old Clown
Tiny Sandford ... The Head Property Man (as Stanley J. Sandford)
John Rand ... An Assistant Property Man
Steve Murphy ... A Pickpocket

Charles Chaplin ... A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Austin ... Clown (uncredited)
Charles A. Bachman ... Cop (uncredited)
Eugene Barry ... Cop (uncredited)
Jack Bernard ... Man in Circus Audience (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Cop (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Clown (uncredited)
Bill Knight ... Cop (uncredited)
Toraichi Kono ... Man in Circus Audience (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
H.L. Kyle ... Man in Circus Audience (uncredited)
Betty Morrissey ... The Vanishing Lady (uncredited)
L.J. O'Connor ... Cop (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce ... Man Operating Ropes (uncredited)
Hugh Saxon ... Man in Circus Audience (uncredited)
Doc Stone ... The Prizefighter (uncredited)
Armand Triller ... Clown (uncredited)
Max Tyron ... Pickpocket Victim (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Chaplin  (as Charlie Chaplin)
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by) (as Charlie Chaplin)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (as Charlie Chaplin)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (music composed by) (1969) (as Charlie Chaplin)
 
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (photography by) (as Rollie H. Totheroh)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Al Ernest Garcia (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Crocker .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Marlatt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Chaplin .... title music: sung by (1969 print) (as Charlie Chaplin)
Eric James .... musical associate (1969 version)
Lambert Williamson .... music arranged by (1969 version)
Joseph Plunkett .... conductor: prologue (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William E. Hinckley .... laboratory supervisor
Tony Campanaro .... monkey trainer (uncredited)
Harry Crocker .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Henry East .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Charles Gay .... lion trainer (uncredited)
Della Steele .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Denmark:A (2003) | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 (re-rating) (2001) | Germany:6 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:G (re-release: 1969)

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Trivia:
Finnish certificate register # 14846.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After the tramp washes the shaving cream from his face, he dries himself with a towel but the towel never touches his face (this is probably so that it won't mess up the stage makeup).See more »
Quotes:
Merna:I've run away from the circus.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Swing Little GirlSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Alternately touching and hilarious; one of Chaplin's finest achievements, 6 July 2001
Author: Steven Mears (rmears@worldnet.att.net) from Clifton, Virginia

Although movie buffs seldom mention `The Circus' in the same breath as Charlie Chaplin's more touted masterpieces (`City Lights,' `Modern Times,' `The Gold Rush'), this film contains some of his best work manifested in a number of ingenious sequences. Chaplin once again dons the role of the tramp, this time having all sorts of adventures (and misadventures) under the big top.

In order to evade the police who suspect him of being a thief, the tramp ducks into a circus tent and acts as if he is part of the show. The cops follow him into the tent and try to apprehend him, with comical results. The crowd goes wild, believing all this was planned ahead of time. The audience's reaction is so strong that the tyrannical circus owner hires him on the spot. When it is discovered that Chaplin cannot be funny intentionally, the owner gives him a job as a prop man, clumsily lugging equipment around the tent as part of the show. Again the crowd roars its approval at his inadvertent antics, and soon the tramp is the circus' main attraction. In the meantime, he falls in love with the owner's daughter, a bareback rider who herself loves the tightrope walker, and romantic complications ensue.

`The Circus' is an all-around Chaplin effort. In addition to playing the lead role, he wrote, directed, produced and edited it, and composed the music as well. It is a meticulous production on all counts, with each sequence choreographed to elicit the maximum capacity of laughter from the audience. The scenes in which the tramp is pursued through a hall of mirrors, trapped inside the lion's cage, and forced to double for the missing tightrope walker stand alongside his finest achievements. The ending sequence is especially heartrending, as many are in his films. Here is a movie to be cherished by all fans of Chaplin, but appreciated even by casual viewers. This is because it achieves a rare blend of comedy and poignancy through appealing, sympathetic characters and with genuine honesty adding a note of realism to counterbalance the clowning.

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