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City Lights (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 March 1931 (USA)
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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7 March 1931 (USA)  »

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City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Virginia Cherrill said that when she renegotiated her contract to be brought back onto the film, she was given advice by Marion Davies. See more »

Goofs

When the Tramp is knocked out on the table in the locker room you see a pair of boxing gloves hooked on a post behind the table. The Tramp wakes up and struggles to sit up. The entire scene you can clearly see a wire attached to one of those gloves that when triggered, falls on his head, knocking him out once again. See more »

Quotes

The Tramp: You can see now?
A Blind Girl: Yes, I can see now.
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Connections

Featured in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
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You can't go wrong with Charlie Chaplin, but City Lights is even better than Chaplin's films usually are.
22 December 2000 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

Chaplin takes himself a little more seriously in City Lights, and the results are spectacular. The musical score which Chaplin composed for the film was one of the many highlights, and even though Charlie's performance is much more dramatic than usual in some scenes, the hilarious comedy for which he is known and loved is still abundant.

City Lights is so well made that it is one of the very few movies in which the obvious flaws can be gladly overlooked. Yes, you can clearly see the string holding Chaplin up in the sidesplittingly funny boxing scene, but who cares? That is such classic slapstick that little things like that really don't matter. Besides, let's keep in mind that this movie was made seventy years ago.

Chaplin does a phenomenal job in his traditional role of the tramp, and develops a perfectly convincing romantic relationship with the blind flower girl on the sidewalk. His friendship with the drunken rich guy is hilarious, but it also makes a significant comment about the problems of alcohol. This is truly a great film, which should not be forgotten.


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