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The Champion (1915)

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Charles Chaplin ... Challenger
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Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose, Charlie puts the horseshoe in his glove and wins. The trainer prepares Charlie to fight the world champion. A gambler wants Charlie to throw the fight. He and the trainer's daughter fall in love. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie the Champion See more »

Filming Locations:

Niles, California, USA See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The film was restored in 2014 through the Chaplin Essanay Project thanks to the financial support of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. See more »

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Edited into Chaplin's Art of Comedy (1968) See more »

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Slapstick boxing
6 March 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

I saw the 20 minutes version. It ends with his bulldog entering the ring biting and Charles Chaplin knocking out his opponent in Round 20. I guess it's missing the romantic ending. I can understand that. This version is strictly a slapstick movie.

I like quite a lot of the slapstick. Of course, there is nothing funnier than his boxing sequence in 'City Lights' (1931). Here he's trying out several things. When he's boxing fodder, he puts a horseshoe into his glove. Then during the long boxing match, he's doing a lot of what would recognizable to most people who's seen the boxing match in 'City Lights'.


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