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Director:
Writer:
Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
7 March 1931 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A one-man virtuoso performance … See more (226 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Virginia Cherrill ... A Blind Girl
Florence Lee ... The Blind Girl's Grandmother

Harry Myers ... An Eccentric Millionaire

Al Ernest Garcia ... James - the Millionaire's Butler (as Allan Garcia)

Hank Mann ... A Prizefighter

Charles Chaplin ... A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Alexander ... Spectator in Boxing Scene (uncredited)
T.S. Alexander ... Doctor (uncredited)
Victor Alexander ... Superstitious Boxer (uncredited)
Albert Austin ... Street Sweeper / Burglar (uncredited)
Harry Ayers ... Cop (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Boxing Fight Referee (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Mayor / Blind Girl's Downstairs Neighbor (uncredited)
Betty Blair ... Woman at Center of Table in Restaurant (uncredited)
Buster Brodie ... Bald Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeanne Carpenter ... Diner in Restaurant Scene (uncredited)
Marie Cooper ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Dempsey ... Boxer (uncredited)
Peter Diego ... Man in Mix-Up with Coat and Hat (uncredited)
James Donnelly ... Street Sweepers' Foreman (uncredited)
Ray Erlenborn ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Ruth Garcia ... Woman at Left of Table in Restaurant (uncredited)
Milton Gowman ... Passerby in Street Scene (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Charles Hammond ... Passerby in Street Scene (uncredited)

Jean Harlow ... Diner in Restaurant Scene (uncredited)
Ad Herman ... Spectator in Boxing Scene (uncredited)
Joseph Herrick ... Spectator in Boxing Scene (uncredited)
Austen Jewell ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Willie Keeler ... Boxer (uncredited)
A.B. Lane ... Spectator in Boxing Scene (uncredited)
Eddie McAuliffe ... Eddie Mason - Boxer (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre ... Flower Shop Assistant (uncredited)
Margaret Oliver ... Passerby in Street Scene (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Mrs. Pope ... Diner in Restaurant Scene (uncredited)
John Rand ... Tramp Who Dives for Cigar (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Sculptor (uncredited)
W.C. Robinson ... Man Who Throws Away Cigar (uncredited)
James Sheldon ... Young Man (uncredited)
Cy Slocum ... Spectator in Boxing Scene (uncredited)
Tony Stabenau ... Victorious Boxer - Later Knocked Out (uncredited)
Mark Strong ... Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Jack Sutherland ... Tall Man at Party (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter ... Burglar (uncredited)
Emmett Wagner ... Second (uncredited)
Tiny Ward ... Man in Elevator in Front of the Art Shop (uncredited)
Stanhope Wheatcroft ... Distinguished Gentleman in Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by)

Harry Clive  uncredited
Harry Crocker  uncredited

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Pollock (photographer)
Roland Totheroh (photographer) (as Rollie Totheroh)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Willard Nico (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Al Ernest Garcia (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alfred Reeves .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Austin .... assistant director
Henry Bergman .... assistant director
Harry Crocker .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles D. Hall .... settings
 
Sound Department
Theodore Reed .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Barton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mark Marlatt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Testera .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Culverwell .... assistant editor (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
Tim Grover .... assistant editor (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
 
Music Department
Carl Davis .... musical director (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (1988 recording of Chaplin's score) (as Bob Hathaway)
John Hayward .... music dubbing mixer (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
Arthur Johnston .... musical arrangement
Dick Lewzey .... music recordist (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
Alfred Newman .... musical director
José Padilla .... composer: additional music
Paul Wing .... orchestral contractor (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
Alfred Newman .... musical arrangements (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kevin Brownlow .... supervisor (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
David Gill .... supervisor (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
Harry Crocker .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Carlyle Robinson .... press representative (uncredited)
Della Steele .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Lansdowne Studios  recorded at (as C.T.S. Studios, London) (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)
  • Pinewood Studios  re-recording at (1988 recording of Chaplin's score)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime" - USA (copyright title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Silent | Mono (musical score)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Denmark:A (2003) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 (re-rating) (1997) | Netherlands:14 (1954) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1954) | Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (1954) (slightly cut) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1931) | Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (1931) | Norway:7 | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:G (1972) | West Germany:12 (1951)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This marked the first time Charles Chaplin composed the film score to one of his productions.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the tramp buys all of the flower girl's flowers, she wears black stockings, but when he brings her home immediately afterward, she wears tan stockings.See more »
Quotes:
The Tramp:You can see now?
A Blind Girl:Yes, I can see now.
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Soundtrack:
Happy RomanceSee more »

FAQ

Why is it called "City Lights"?
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61 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
A one-man virtuoso performance …, 19 April 2008

Once again Chaplin plays his famous creation, the beloved Tramp… The noble Little Fellow meets and falls in love with a blind flower girl… She assumes he is wealthy man and offers him a flower, which he attentively accepts with his last penny…

One night by chance he rescues a drunken millionaire from drowning… The rich gentleman becomes a generous friend when drunk but doesn't recognize the tramp when sober… Chaplin takes the blind girl under his wing, and takes flight with the millionaire's money to cure her blindness…

"City Lights" engaged a true genius in a graceful and touching performance which arouses profound feelings and joy with great simplicity of style and tragic tale… Each scene was the result of hard-working detail and planning…

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