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Modern Times (1936)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Henry Bergman ...
Tiny Sandford ...
Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
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Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ...
Mira McKinney ...
Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
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J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
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Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
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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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Laugh . . . Cry and Thrill To his Genius . . ! See more »


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25 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Masses  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$163,245 (USA) (22 October 2004)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shoot lasted 324 days from October 11th 1934 until August 30th 1935. See more »

Goofs

After going on break, he turns both wrenches in the same direction. Before that he appears to be tightening them in opposite directions. See more »

Quotes

President of the Electro Steel Corp.: [first lines]
President of the Electro Steel Corp.: Section 5, speed her up, 401.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Prisoner's Song
(1924) (uncredited)
Written by Guy Massey
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Some iconic scenes in socially conscious movie
14 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) is just a cog in the modern machinery. He is unable to keep with the production line tightening bolts. The owner picks him out for testing the automatic feeding machine. By late afternoon, he gets lost in the machinery. He can't stop tightening causing great damage and they send him to a mental hospital. He gets out but he doesn't have a job anymore. A red flag falls off the back of a truck. He picks it and a massive march starts behind him without he knowing it. The police grabs him thinking that he's the leader. In prison, he helps thwart an escape attempt and is released. A Gamin (Paulette Goddard) is stealing food for the children. Her unemployed father is shot dead leaving her little sisters sent off to the orphanage. She steals a loaf of bread and runs into the Tramp. He tries to take the blame but she's caught anyways. He prefers life inside and deliberately gets caught stealing. They get thrown into the same wagon and escape getting thrown out together.

This has the iconic factory scene with the Tramp in the machinery happening early on. The story is slightly random as the pair has one misadventure after another as they struggle to have the American dream. The Tramp is making a statement of sorts as he gets swept up from one thing to the next. He's the cog that never really fits in the machinery. This is a sound movie with sound being used for specific and interesting ways. The Tramp is actually singing but it's a lot of non-sense. This definitely has a social commentary but it's still funny message movie.


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