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The Kid (1921)

The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carl Miller ... The Man
Edna Purviance ... The Woman
Jackie Coogan ... The Child (as Jack Coogan)
Charles Chaplin ... 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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Waif See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,450,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1971 edit with new Chaplin score) | (DVD) | (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (new music score) (1971)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the street scenes were filmed on Los Angeles's famed Olvera Street, almost 10 years before it was converted into a Mexican-themed tourist attraction. 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 »

Quotes

Devil: Vamp him.
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Alternate Versions

The original credits, with references to First National, of this film have never been available after the initial release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Diese Drombuschs: Abschied im Zorn (1990) See more »

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There are no words to phraise this movie enough
13 January 2003 | by talking_treeSee all my reviews

It is hard to find such delightful and adorable movies these days as "The Kid". It is a silent movie but so rich, winning and beautiful that you don´t nead words. Chaplin and 6-year old Coogan are possibly the most charming pair I have ever seen in my life. The film succees to be nicely light and full of joy but also overwhelmingly sad and sentimental. I always get my eyes full with tears of saddness and happiness. And I really never cry in movies. And the music...its simply Oscar-level! The movie is sympathetic, full of feeling, touchingly funny moments. It is truly a masterpiece showing how extraordinary talented person Charlie Chaplin was considering this film is respectively over 80 years old! So don´t you miss it because of it´s age, don´t miss it.


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