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The Adventurer (1917)

Unrated | | Comedy, Short | 22 October 1917 (USA)
The Little Tramp escapes from prison; saves a girl and her mother from drowning; and creates havoc at a swank party.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Convict (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... The Girl
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... The Suitor
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... The Father
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... The Butler
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Storyline

Charlie escapes from prison. After rescuing a girl and her mother from drowning, Charlie is invited to their home where a big party is held and he is treated like a hero. However, as a result Charlie's photo is printed in the newspapers and the prison guards come after him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szökött fegyenc See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The chauffeur was played by Toraichi Kono, who was Charles Chaplin's own butler, chauffeur, secretary, and bodyguard from 1916 to 1934. See more »

Goofs

When the Tramp first appears in the sand, the policeman's rifle is resting on the ground, pointing at him. In the next long shot, the rifle is in the policeman's lap. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [closing title card] The prison guard is also being entertained.
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Chaplin as an ex-convict. fun times
30 May 2010 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

There are almost too many pratfalls in this short (then again when is there enough when done right). Chaplin plays a prisoner who escapes (his entrance in the movie is just fantastic on the beach), and is chased for a little while by the guards- as he does daring-do to escape like rushing up a cliff-side or doing a fun way of pulling a gun on someone- and then gets away by helping two women from drowning and is sucked up into their bourgeois existence. There's barely a beat when a gag is missed, and Chaplin takes every one. It was in the style of the 'Keystone Kops" series where there were chases and chases and more chases, and just lots of variations on gags. What makes it work is that it's gut-bustingly funny, from how he saves the pretty woman and leaves the other woman still drowning until he goes back (or how he knocks the big man back into the water, having to use his big fake beard to pull him out!). He also uses sliding doors to great usage here. And if memory serves there's even a fun gag involving ice cream! It's nothing brainy, it's just a really fun comic-book like short that utilizes all of Chaplin's physical prowess and his guts, and his timing running up those stairs in the house is one of the most brilliant things out there.


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