Charlie is a tramp on the road. A hobo manages to exchange Charlie's sandwich for a brick so Charlie must eat grass. The same hobo molests a farmer's daughter; Charlie comes to aid with the help of the brick. When two more hobos show up Charlie throws all three into a lake. The grateful girl takes Charlie home where he fails as a farmhand. He again helps drive off the hobos (who are now trying to break into the house). The girl's fiance arrives. Though a hero, Charlie, knowing he must go, writes a farewell note and leaves for the open road.Written by
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Restoration work was carried out at Lobster Films laboratory in 2014. Scanned at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.
The Tramp (1915) has been restored by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologne and Lobster Films in collaboration with Film Preservation Associates, from a nitrate dupe negative preserved at the Danish Film Institute.
Some fragments were added from a safety fine grain in the Blackhawk Collection preserved at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Intertitles have been reconstructed from an incomplete original nitrate print and a Kodascope Libraries print of 1920s. See more »
Near the end of the movie, the note that "The Tramp" writes is shown twice. The two notes shown are in completely different handwriting and the word "good bye" is spelled differently. See more »
This film is pretty typical of the earlier incarnation of The Little Tramp character. Charlie is a hobo and is drawn to helping a lady who is being harassed by bad hobos intent on stealing her money. At first, Charlie is somewhat inclined to do the same thing (something the earlier Tramp shorts might have had Charlie doing and something the later version never would have even thought of doing). But very quickly he realizes this is wrong and devotes much of the movie helping her. The Tramp thinks that the girl is in love with him so he sticks around even after the evil hobos have departed. However, eventually he discovers she actually has a boyfriend and so he excuses himself from her life--leaving a note to that effect. In effect, this script is an early version of Chaplin's full-length film, THE CIRCUS--where Charlie again is in love with a young lady who he helps from danger but he eventually walks away when he realizes she loves another. Nice stuff and a good introduction to this character.
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