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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 »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
A fantastic movie about an old and washed-up clown who meets a young and troubled ballerina. 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
Molly Glessing ... Maid (as Mollie Glessing)
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)

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

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Trivia:
The flea circus act in the film was a comedy idea that Charles Chaplin originally conceived of in 1919. Originally, he used it in the one completed scene of an aborted film project called The Professor (1919). Later, Chaplin attempted to use the idea for The Circus (1928), and The Great Dictator (1940), but could not justify in either plot. Finally, in his last film produced in America, Chaplin was finally able to use the act.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Calvero returns after his failure to revive his career at the Middlesex Music Hall, the clock on the mantelpiece behind Thereza jumps back and forth 45 minutes.See more »
Quotes:
Calvero:Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Animal TrainerSee more »

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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A fantastic movie about an old and washed-up clown who meets a young and troubled ballerina., 14 January 1999
Author: anonymous from Ontario, Canada

This was the first and only Chaplin film I have ever seen -- and it wasn't at all what I was expecting.

I was completely surprised that such a simple film could have so many layers of depth. In fact it kept me thinking days afterwards!

At it's core, I would say this movie is about the love of one's art, and the love that a couple share.

The Ballerina loves to perform but is impeded by a psychosis that makes her legs inoperable. I interpret success to be the root of the psychosis.

The Clown loves to perform but is impeded by his fear of becoming a B or C-list star. He is a legendary comedian and now that he's no longer in demand, he's convinced himself that he has to drink to be funny.

There you have it; a clown afraid of failure and a ballerina afraid of success. Together they help each other love their art more by removing those things that impede them.

The best thing about the film is that the obviousness of the plot is completely lost in the depth of the film. Chaplin uses such simple and common devices to draw the audience into his world. I know it's hard to belive, but this is a "must-see" movie!

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