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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:
You can't go wrong with Charlie Chaplin, but City Lights is even better than Chaplin's films usually are. See more (222 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)
 
Set Decoration by
Charles D. Hall (settings)
 
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
 
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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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)

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Trivia:
According to his autobiography, Charles Chaplin was angered over United Artists' lack of pre-release publicity and decided to exhibit the picture himself. He spent his own money to rent the George M. Cohan Theater and took out half-page advertisments to publicize the fact.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When the tramp accidentally swallows the whistle, his real eyebrows are visible beneath his fake ones. This was done intentionally to give him a lopsided, intoxicated facial expression.See more »
Quotes:
The Tramp:Tomorrow the birds will sing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
La VioleteraSee more »

FAQ

Why is it called "City Lights"?
What titles feature wacky boxing?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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71 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
You can't go wrong with Charlie Chaplin, but City Lights is even better than Chaplin's films usually are., 22 December 2000
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

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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