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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 »

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Charles Chaplin ... Challenger
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Storyline

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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Trivia

This is the earliest registered Chaplin-film to be shown in Sweden, on August 23, 1915. The event was advertised for in the British press at the time. See more »

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Referenced in The Cut (2014) See more »

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Charlie goes boxing
24 May 2009 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Charlie walks with his bulldog and finds a "good luck" horseshoe when he passes a training camp that is looking for a boxing partner "who can take a beating".Charlie won't take a beating, that he has decided.After watching the others lose, he puts the horseshoe inside his glove and wins.Now the trainer prepares Charlie to fight the world champion.Can Charlie win this time.There's also a nasty gambler who wants him to throw the fight.And there's also some love in the air with the trainer's daughter.What a great silent short from Charles Chaplin.The Champion is from 1915 and it also stars Edna Purviance (Trainer's Daughter), Ernest Van Pelt (Spike Dugan), Lloyd Bacon (Second Sparring Partner etc.) and Leo White (Crooked Gambler).You can also see Billy Armstrong, Ben Turpin and Broncho 'Billy' Anderson.This is a perfect comedy.There's no stop to laughter once you get started.When Charlie trains for his match and he keeps getting hits on his nose.When he shows off to Edna with the weights.How he kisses the dog on the head before going into ring.And the fight itself is priceless! How he gets exhausted and swings from one side to another in the ring.And then we see the dog in the ring hanging from the behind of the opponent.Hilarious, just hilarious!


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Country:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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