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City Lights (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  7 March 1931 (USA)
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The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.

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Complete credited cast:
Virginia Cherrill ...
Florence Lee ...
Her Grandmother
Florence Lee ...
The Blind Girl's Grandmother
Harry Myers ...
An Eccentric Millionaire
Al Ernest Garcia ...
The Millionaire's Butler (as Allan Garcia)
Hank Mann ...
A Prizefighter
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A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Storyline

A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor. Written by John J. Magee <magee@helix.mgh.harvard.edu>

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7 March 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Georgia Hale was added to the cast on November 11, 1929, according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

In the boxing match when the tramp propels himself off the ropes (twice) at his opponent. You can clearly see the wire on the back of his trunks. See more »

Quotes

The Tramp: Tomorrow the birds will sing.
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Connections

Referenced in Le coup du parapluie (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Orientale
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Chaplin
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Amusing comedy sets up SPECTACULAR ending
6 December 2004 | by (Whitehorse, Yukon) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Chaplin film, but I don't want that to diminish his other work, either. MODERN TIMES was an outstanding work of social satire, THE GOLD RUSH was great slapstick, and even the largely-neglected MONSIEUR VERDOUX strikes a certain unforgettable tone. Chaplin didn't make a bad movie, and I'm not even sure that CL is his best, exactly. But it IS my favorite, if only for the ending.

That ending has been the subject of much comment here. I think it's a masterpiece in a single scene. Chaplin's little tramp has never seemed less like a character and more like a living, breathing human being. It's a monument to understated sentimentality.

To me, the rest of the film exists largely to set the context for that one magnificent piece of celluloid. Yes, the boxing scene is great, and the scene where he rescues the millionaire is also wonderful, but it's that ending that makes us all love this movie.


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