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Director:
Writer:
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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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
One Of Chaplin's Best; Certainly Underrated See more (193 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:
Premiere included live stage prologue written by Joseph Plunkett.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:
A Tramp:If you strike that girl, I'll quit! And what's more, I want what I'm worth.
The Circus Proprietor and Ring Master:I'll give you fifty dollars a week.
[the tramp shakes his head]
The Circus Proprietor and Ring Master:Sixty!
[the tramp mouths 'no']
The Circus Proprietor and Ring Master:I'll double it!
A Tramp:Nothing less than a hundred.
[the Circus Proprietor agrees and they shake on it]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Ahate pasa (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Swing Little GirlSee more »

FAQ

Is it true that there is a woman talking on a cell phone in this movie?
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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
One Of Chaplin's Best; Certainly Underrated, 5 April 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I enjoyed this a lot more the second time when I could see it on a very clear DVD print. I don't know why that would make a difference with the story, but it did as I found it very good for the entire distance, although that's just a scant 69 minutes.

In the story, Charlie Chaplin does his normally-great physical slapstick so well that he accidentally becomes a hit at the circus, which is run by a nasty man (Allan Garcia) who regularly beats his sweet step-daughter, played by a very pretty Merna Kennedy. Charlie, of course, gets smitten by her and comes to her rescue.

This movie has a different kind of ending that what you'd normally see for a comedy but it's inspiring as Chaplin performs a noble deed. (However, Kennedy's character is in question as she seems satisfied to marry either of two men. Huh?)

Chaplin's timing and clever slapstick routines never fail to amaze me. Even though silent films aren't seen by many people these days, it's works of art like this that will endure forever. This is not of one of Chaplin's more famous movies.....but it should be. I think it's one of his best.

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