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Director:
Writer:
Charles Chaplin (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 October 1952 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It will move you to love, laughter and tears See more »
Plot:
A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A final reflective masterpiece See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Chaplin ... Calvero

Claire Bloom ... Thereza

Nigel Bruce ... Postant

Buster Keaton ... Calvero's Partner

Sydney Chaplin ... Neville

Norman Lloyd ... Bodalink
Andre Eglevsky ... Dancer
Melissa Hayden ... Dancer
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Alsop
Wheeler Dryden ... Thereza's Doctor
Barry Bernard ... John Redfern
Stapleton Kent ... Claudius
Mollie Glessing ... Maid
Leonard Mudie ... Calvero's Doctor (as Leonard Mudi)
Loyal Underwood ... Street Musician

'Snub' Pollard ... Street Musician (as Snub Pollard)
Julian Ludwig ... Street Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Lee Aimone ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin Jr. ... Clown (uncredited)

Geraldine Chaplin ... Little Girl in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Josephine Chaplin ... Child in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Michael Chaplin ... Child in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Oona Chaplin ... Extra (uncredited)
Harry Crocker ... Music Hall Patron (uncredited)
Billy Curtis ... Midget in Agent's Office (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Emissary - Dress Circle (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Griffin - a Clown (uncredited)
Tim Durant ... Music Hall Patron (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford ... Patrician Lady in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Extra in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Old Fogey in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Pub Extra (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Music Hall Performer (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... Extra in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Billy Lee ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Man in Music Hall Audience (uncredited)
Sherry Moreland ... Extra in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Extra in Dress Circle (uncredited)

Edna Purviance ... Mrs. Parker (uncredited)
Charley Rogers ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Elizabeth Root ... Extra in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Gus Taillon ... Derelict (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ... Extra in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Eric Wilson ... Extra in Dress Circle (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Major Domo at Dinner (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Inge (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Costume Design by
Riley Thorne (wardrobe designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ted Larsen .... makeup
Florence Avery .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lonnie D'Orsa .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
Jack Verne .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound (as Hugh McDowell)
Harold E. McGhan .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Monroe P. Askins Jr. .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Wallace Chewning .... camera operator (uncredited)
George Hommel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dick Johnson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
W. Eugene Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Testera .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elmer Ellsworth .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Drew Tetrick .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ted Tetrick .... tailor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Edward Phillips .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Charles Chaplin .... music arranged by
Ray Rasch .... music arranged by
Keith Williams .... music conducted by
Larry Russell .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles Chaplin .... choreographer
Wheeler Dryden .... assistant: to Mr. Chaplin
Andre Eglevsky .... choreographer
Jerome Epstein .... assistant: to Mr. Chaplin (as Jerome L. Epstein)
Melissa Hayden .... choreographer
Carmelita Maracci .... Corps de Ballet
Roland Totheroh .... photographic consultant
Oona Chaplin .... double: Claire Bloom in extreme long-shot (uncredited)
Hal Court .... stand-in (uncredited)
Harry Crocker .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Alfred Lewin .... production accountant (uncredited)
Maurice Marks .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kathleen Pryor .... secretary (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
137 min | USA:141 min (initial release) | UK:147 min (London premiere)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:S | Germany:6 (re-rating) | Japan:G (2010) | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #16080) | USA:G (re-rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The children in the first scene we see Calvero, the ones who tell him the landlady isn't home, are Charles Chaplin's own children.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The film begins in the summer of 1914, as the First World War began, but less than a year passes before a newsboy shows a headline "United States Enters War", which didn't happen until April, 1917, and Neville is drafted, though the draft did not begin until 1916. Curiously, only one person appears in uniform, despite England being on a war footing.See more »
Quotes:
Calvero:The heart and the mind, what an enigma.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Chaplin Today: Limelight (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Life of a SardineSee more »

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60 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A final reflective masterpiece, 14 January 2004
Author: hausrathman

A washed-up, formerly-famous Music Hall comic, Charlie Chaplin, saves a suicidal ballerina, Claire Bloom. In the process of giving her the hope to move on and succeed, he regains the confidence to return to the stage himself.

"Limelight" is a moving and autobiographical film that works as both a bittersweet drama and a mirror into the soul of one of the world's greatest film makers. I sometimes wondered if my affection for this film is based on my knowledge of Chaplin's life and career, and the parallels between "Limelight" and people and incidents in his own life. When I watch this film I see an artist standing naked at a crossroads before his audience, unsure where to go and what to do. However, I know the film does not require an advanced degree in Chaplin to enjoy. My wife, who could probably do little more than identify the Tramp in a lineup before marrying me, loved this film before she met me. I have also had the good fortune to see the film in a theater in New York and watch it work its wonders on an audience. Stylistically, it might be dated, but the magic lingers.

"Limelight" is best viewed as a drama with comedy rather than a comedy with drama. Outwardly, it is the simple story of a vulnerable youth who mistakes her gratitude for love, and an older man wise enough to know the difference. But it's more than that too. It's about an artist's nature, and the addictive power of applause. The Chaplin character, Calvero, knows how to make people laugh, but feels he has lost the ability to do so. He realizes he is at the end of his career, but he still hungers for one final moment in the limelight. The film is talky and philosophical, and, yes, a little pompous and pretentious at times too. It's almost as if Chaplin is trying to impart through words the simple joys and mystery of life he was once able to express effortlessly through simple slapstick alone. Does this flood of words mean Chaplin has lost his skills as a film maker? No. He still has the power to move.

"Limelight" is Chaplin's final masterpiece. It is one of my favorites. I prefer to think of it as his last film. Should this be your first Chaplin film? No. Start with films like "The Gold Rush," "City Lights," and "The Great Dictator." Come to know the comedian before you get to know the man.

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