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The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 6 February 1921 (USA)
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

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(as Charlie Chaplin)

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(as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

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... The Man
... The Woman
... The Child (as Jack Coogan)
... A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Storyline

The opening title reads: "A comedy with a smile--and perhaps a tear". As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna has become an opera star but does charity work for slum youngsters in hope of finding her boy. A doctor called by Edna discovers the note with the truth about the Kid and reports it to the authorities who come to take him away from Charlie. Before he arrives at the Orphan Asylum Charlie steals him back and takes him to a flophouse. The proprietor reads of a reward for the Kid and takes him to Edna. Charlie is later awakened by a kind policeman who reunites him with the Kid at Edna's mansion. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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6 reels of Joy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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6 February 1921 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Waif  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,450,000
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| (1971 edit with new Chaplin score) | (DVD) | (re-release)

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(new music score) (1971)|

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Chaplin suffered through a divorce from his first wife, Mildred Harris, while shooting this film. See more »

Goofs

While baby John is in a hammock, the Tramp is cutting sheets for diapers and folding them over his chair which is right next to him. In all subsequent shots of him and the chair, the folded sheets are gone again. See more »

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Devil: Vamp him.
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One Of The Most Memorable Silent Films Ever
24 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wow, is this a memorable film! It is one of the most famous silent movies ever and justifiably so. That fact that it still entertains over 80 years after it was made is quite a testimony.

It is a wonderful blend of humor and drama. Charlie Chaplin's unique humor, combined with an involving storyline and strong sentimentality make this one to remember. Chaplin's humor ranges from pure slapstick to some clever stunts.

The "kid" - Jackie Coogan - is just as memorable, maybe even more so. He is unbelievably cute, especially in those old-time clothes he wore. Watching the expressions on his face, even as a baby, are fascinating and facial expressions certainly were a trademark of the silent era.

So, between Chaplin and Coogan, and a very involving story that can break your heart one minute and have you laughing out loud the next, it's an amazing piece of work. This is a very fast-paced story which lasts less than an hour.

The special edition two-disc DVD has a restored version of the print so the picture is very clear, actually astounding for its age. Excellent entertainment.


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