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Sunnyside (1919)

Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee, holding an chicken over the frying pan to get fried eggs). He loves the ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

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Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Farm Handyman (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... Village Belle
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Storyline

Charlie works on a farm from 4am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee, holding an chicken over the frying pan to get fried eggs). He loves the neighbor's daughter Edna but is disliked by her father. He rides a cow into a stream and is kicked off. Unconscious, he dreams of a nymph dance. Back in reality a city slicker is hurt in a car crash and is being cared for by Edna. When Charlie is rejected after attempting to imitate the slicker, the result is ambiguous--either tragic or a happy ending. Critics have long argued as to whether the final scene is real or a dream. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Charlie Chaplin In His Third Million Dollar Comedy

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaplin vesnickým hrdinou See more »

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First National Pictures See more »
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| (TCM print)

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller visited the Chaplin Studio on LaBrea Avenue in Hollywood while Chaplin was at work on this film. Keller and Sullivan were photographed on still-standing sets from Shoulder Arms (1918) communicating with Chaplin. See more »

Quotes

Boss: That boy not up yet and the whole forenoon gone.
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Alternate Versions

There is an episode, preserved on the 2003 DVD, of Chaplin attempting to shave Albert Austin with hilarious results. See more »

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Referenced in Unknown Chaplin: Hidden Treasure (1983) See more »

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Somewhat Uneven, But Worth Seeing
13 January 2003 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

It's somewhat uneven, and you'd probably say that it's interesting rather than good, but "Sunnyside" is still worth seeing if you like Charlie Chaplin's short comedies. A couple of the sequences are very enjoyable, but others don't really work that well, and just take up time.

Rather than his usual tramp character, Charlie plays a put-upon farmhand and handyman who has some of the same characteristics, and the story combines some conventional slapstick with some more imaginative sequences. Some of the material is quite good, especially the sequence with Charlie and the horse doctor treating a patient. But not all of it comes off equally well, and it bogs down at times. It's only average among Chaplin's many short comedies, and not quite as good as most of the later ones, but it has enough to be worth seeing.


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