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A Dog's Life (1918)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 14 April 1918 (USA)
The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Charles Chaplin ... Tramp
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Storyline

Poor Charlie lives in a vacant lot. He tries to get a job but when he gets to the head of the employment line the jobs are gone. Back "home" he rescues Scraps, a bitch being attacked by other strays. Together they manage to steal some sausages from a lunch wagon. They enter a dance hall where Edna is a singer and unwilling companion to the clientele. He is thrown out when he can't pay. Back "home" Scraps digs up a money-filled wallet buried by crooks. They return to the dance hall to find Edna fired. The wallet goes back and forth between Charlie and the crooks. Charlie, Edna and Scraps end up very happily. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dog's Life See more »

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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (1959 re-issue)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sydney Chaplin (Charles Chaplin's brother), played a small role in this film, and it was the first time the two brothers were on screen together. See more »

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During the fight at the lunch cart, one of the props holding up the awning gets knocked away. In subsequent shots, the prop is back in place. See more »

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Featured in Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) See more »

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Entertaining Chaplin short
28 February 2004 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

In 'A Dog's Life' our little tramp takes care of dog, the nice touch in this movie. Other things are familiar. He encounters the police, he tries to steal food from a salesman, has money problems in a bar, has some trouble with two thugs and of course he gets the girl.

The best single moment in this short is when he pretends to be one of the two thugs. With perfect timing this a perfect piece of comedy and just this part makes the movie worth watching. There are other funny moments, especially with the dog's tale. A nice short that is a little too long. The very funny final moments (including the part with the two thugs) make sure we don't think about that too much.


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