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The Kid (1921)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 6 February 1921 (USA)
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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Trivia

When Jackie Coogan became an adult, he fell on harsh financial times. In desperation he reached out to Charles Chaplin, who without hesitation handed him $1,000. See more »

Goofs

When the Woman is giving toys to the children on the street, she sits down on the curb and a woman hands her a baby. When she takes the baby, she sets the last two toys, a dog and a ball, next to her on the curb and the ball rolls off the curb a couple of feet. A few shots later, when she meets John, she picks up the toys and gives them to him, but the ball is back in position next to her on the curb. See more »

Quotes

A Tramp: Put the quarter in the gas meter.
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Alternate Versions

A new version was reissued in 1971 with a new music score composed by Charles Chaplin, who also re-edited the film in order to omit a few scenes featuring the kid's mother. See more »

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Emphatically Outstanding...
20 September 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

It takes your breath away almost 100 years later so imagine how it must have felt walking out of a picture house in 1921! Quite rightly considered a work of genius by a genius, you must have a heart of stone if the story depicted fails to move you but when you consider the way it's presented, the music, the choreography, the longevity - then it really does become something a bit special indeed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

6 February 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,916
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono (new music score) (1971)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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