An examination of the early film career of Charles Chaplin when he developed his film making skills and his most famous character.





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Credited cast:
Himself / The Tramp (archive footage)
Narrator (voice)


Charles Chaplin became the greatest movie talent of his time after years of nurturing his film making artistry and his Tramp character. This film explores Chaplin's early film career where we see that growth period through his work in the Keystone and Essanay Studios from an awkward outsider to an accomplished cinematic artist. In addition, the film also features the early result of that maturation with the fully reassembled version of his most ambitious film of that time, Police (1916). Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Release Date:

6 June 1992 (Denmark)  »

Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

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A Solid Introduction
20 June 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A two-part introduction to Chaplin, from his "humble beginnings" to his fame, but little past his feature-length era, focusing on the creation of the Tramp persona and the restoration of the missing short, "Police." It has a nice custom composed soundtrack by composer Soren Hyldgaard, which is available on its own soundtrack.

A good little documentary, with good narration by Meredith, and some pictures I have never seen anywhere else, also with a restored version of the short "Police," which is the main value of this little-known, made-for-TV documentary. Nothing in here that an experienced Chaplin fan wouldn't already know, but a good watch.

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