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Charlie, the emotional violinist, flees to a gipsy camp, only to find himself playing for an abducted girl. Soon, a unique birthmark will pave the way for an unexpected rescue and a marvellous new life. But, will she forget him so easily?

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Street musician
Edna Purviance ... Gypsy drudge
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Gypsy chieftain
Leo White ... Old Gypsy woman
Lloyd Bacon ... Artist
Charlotte Mineau Charlotte Mineau ... Girl's mother
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Trombonist
John Rand John Rand ... Trumpeter
James T. Kelley ... Musician / Gypsy
Frank J. Coleman Frank J. Coleman ... Musician / Gypsy
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Storyline

After passing the hat and taking the donations intended for German street musicians Charlie heads for the country. Here he finds and rescues a girl from a band of gypsies. The girl falls in love with an artist whose portrait is later seen in a shop by the girl's real mother. The mother and the artist arrive in a chauffeured auto and offer Charlie money for his services, money which he rejects. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gipsy Life See more »

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Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Charlie loses his hat outside the bar, is seen inside wearing it, then picks it up where he lost it when he leaves. When he escapes from the gypsy, he is hatless at first, but the next shot shows the hat suddenly back in place. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a set of videos containing all the 12 Mutual short films made by Chaplin in 1915 - 1917. They are presented by David Shepard, who copyrighted the versions in 1984, and has a music soundtrack composed and performed by Michael Mortilla who copyrighted his score in 1989. The running time of this film is 26 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Unknown Chaplin: The Happiest Years (1983) See more »

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An Interesting Sign of Things to Come
30 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This must have seemed like a real change-of-pace from Chaplin when it first came out, since it has a much different tone than almost any of his previous short features. It has a few funny moments, but this time humor is not the emphasis - except for the familiar presence of Charlie's usual tramp-like character, it feels more like one of the short melodramas from the same era, rather than a comedy.

As "The Vagabond", Charlie performs a few antics, mostly towards the beginning, but then gets involved in the life of a young woman in distress (Chaplin regular Edna Purviance), and the story turns more serious. It is not one of his best films, but it is always watchable, and is quite interesting as a fore-runner of the way that Chaplin would combine slapstick and humanity to much greater effect in the masterpieces that he would go on to create some years later.


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