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Modern Times -- Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard).


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Release Date:
25 February 1936 (USA) See more »
He stands alone as the greatest entertainer of modern times! No one on earth can make you laugh as heartily or touch your heart as deeply...the whole world laughs, cries and thrills to his priceless genius! See more »
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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The Inspiration of continuing greatness... See more (197 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)

Paulette Goddard ... A Gamin
Henry Bergman ... Cafe Proprietor
Tiny Sandford ... Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)

Chester Conklin ... Mechanic
Hank Mann ... Burglar
Stanley Blystone ... Gamin's Father
Al Ernest Garcia ... President of the Electro Steel Corp. (as Allan Garcia)
Richard Alexander ... Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ... Minister
Mira McKinney ... Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
Wilfred Lucas ... Juvenile Officer
Edward LeSaint ... Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
Fred Malatesta ... Cafe Head Waiter
Sammy Stein ... Turbine Operator (as Sam Stein)
Juana Sutton ... Woman with Buttoned Bosom
Ted Oliver ... Billows' Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Billows' Silent Assistant (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Worker (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Assembly Line Worker Next to Big Bill (uncredited)

Gloria DeHaven ... Gamin's Sister (uncredited)
Gloria Delson ... Gamin's Sister (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Shipbuilder (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Chuck Hamilton ... Worker (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Paddywagon Policeman (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Frustrated Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Walter James ... Assembly Line Foreman (uncredited)
Edward Kimball ... Doctor (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Worker (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Cigar Counterman (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Paddy Wagon Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Convict (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Assembly Line Relief Man (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Burglar (uncredited)
J.C. Nugent ... Department Store Section Manager (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Gypsy in Police Patrol Wagon (uncredited)
John Rand ... Other Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Worker (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (music composed by) (as Charlie Chaplin)
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan (photography) (as Ira Morgan)
Roland Totheroh (photography) (as Rollie Totheroh)
Film Editing by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Willard Nico (uncredited)
Casting by
Al Ernest Garcia (uncredited)
Production Design by
Charles D. Hall (uncredited)
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Charles D. Hall (settings)
J. Russell Spencer (settings) (as Russell Spencer)
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Arden .... makeup artist: Mr. Chaplin and Miss Goddard (uncredited)
Production Management
Alfred Reeves .... general production manager (uncredited)
Jack Wilson .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter DeHaven .... assistant director
Henry Bergman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Hal Atkins .... props (uncredited)
William Bogdanoff .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Bob Depps .... props (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter .... purchasing agent (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bud Thackery .... process photography (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Max M. Autrey .... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Donaldson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Morgan Hill .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mark Marlatt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ted Minor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Testera .... gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Frank Maher .... music recordist
Paul Neal .... music recordist
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... music arranger (as Edward Powell)
David Raksin .... music arranger
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Girwood Averill .... projectionist (uncredited)
Catherine Hunter .... press representative (uncredited)
Della Steele .... script clerk (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter .... purchasing agent (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Denmark:A (2003) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) (2000s) | Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (1955) | Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (1945) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1936) | Norway:7 | Portugal:M/12 (R-10) | Portugal:M/6 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1596) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:6 (nf) (bw)

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Shown as the opening film at the newly restored Silent Movie Theatre (Los Angeles), by Charles Lustman' on November 7th, 1999.See more »
Continuity: When the factory worker is trapped in the machine, the position of some of the wheels changes between shots.See more »
President of the Electro Steel Corp.:[from the Telescreen in the restroom to the factory worker] Hey you! Get back to work!See more »
Movie Connections:
The Prisoner's SongSee more »


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31 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
The Inspiration of continuing greatness..., 24 March 1999
Author: SamLowry-2 from Port Orchard, WA, USA

Chaplin's "Modern Times" has influenced the 20th century as much as any other film could have. His portrayal of man vs. machine, individual vs. group, love vs. the framework of classic modern American "anti-progressive" thinking. Gilliam's "Brazil" is the late century equivalent. But Chaplin hit it right first, insuring generations would have the chance to relate to the challenges of their own modern times.

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