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Modern Times (1936)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 February 1936 (USA)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.


(as Charlie Chaplin)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
Henry Bergman ...
Tiny Sandford ...
Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
Hank Mann ...
Stanley Blystone ...
Al Ernest Garcia ...
Richard Alexander ...
Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ...
Mira McKinney ...
Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
Murdock MacQuarrie ...
J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
Wilfred Lucas ...
Edward LeSaint ...
Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
Fred Malatesta ...


Chaplins last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital... When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

25 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Masses  »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,507 (USA) (9 January 2004)


$163,245 (USA) (22 October 2004)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming, Paulette Goddard was still working for less than $100 a week as a chorus girl for the Goldwyn Studios. See more »


When Charlie comes back out of the machine, the footage is played backwards. The men hammering in the background give this away. See more »


President of the Electro Steel Corp.: [from the Telescreen in the restroom to the factory worker] Hey you! Get back to work!
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Referenced in The Tunnel (2001) See more »


Je cherche après Titine
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Léo Daniderff
Publishers: Bertal-Mouda & Ronn
Performed by Charles Chaplin
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User Reviews

One of the funniest movies (silent or talkie) ever!
15 March 2000 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

This movie is a must see for anyone who loves comedies. Charlie Chaplin is at his all-time best as the Tramp, and he has wonderful chemistry with Paulette Goddard's Gamin. Together, they provide an hour and a half of non-stop laughs. My favorite parts are when he is fed by a "modern" machine that goes awry, and then when Charlie goes crazy in the factory. The situations and expressions are hilarious! Please see this movie soon...you definitely will not regret it.

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