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The Pilgrim (1923)

The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Pilgrim / Lefty Lombard
Edna Purviance ... The Girl
Syd Chaplin ... Eloper / Train Conductor / Little Boy's Father (as Sydney Chaplin)
Mai Wells Mai Wells ... Little Boy's Mother (as ?)
Dean Riesner ... Little Boy (as Dinky Reisner)
Charles Reisner Charles Reisner ... Crook (as Chuck Reisner)
Tom Murray Tom Murray ... Sheriff Bryan
Kitty Bradbury Kitty Bradbury ... Girl's Mother
Mack Swain ... Deacon Jones
Loyal Underwood ... Small Deacon
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Sheriff on Train / Man In Railroad Station
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Storyline

When Charlie escapes from prison he dons a preacher's clothes. By mistake he becomes the new minister for the town of Devil's Gulch. Later, discovered as the convict, the sheriff takes Charlie to the Mexican border where he can choose to return, a convict, or face Mexican bandits at war with each other. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He Steals- -out of jail! - a parson's clothes! - a pulpit! -a girl's heart! -a thousand laughs! -then over the border with the sheriff in pursuit! (Print Ad-The Bakesrsfield Californian,((Bakersfield, Calif.)) 4 April 1923) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пилигрим See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$280,171, 31 December 1923
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(re-release) (1950s) | (TCM print) | (original)

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

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Good for the Soul
29 August 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

Chaplin originally planned "The Pilgrim" as a two-reel short, but it expanded to a four-reel feature. When comparing it to his films at Mutual or before, it's evident how far Chaplin had come with his First National pictures: he took his time elaborating and extending fewer gags and set pieces and in developing the plot and characters. His First National films may not always be as continually uproarious as his Mutual ones, but they are, I think, more satisfying and affecting.

"The Kid", deservedly his most beloved First National release, greatly strained Chaplin's relationship with the distributors. He would leave yet another company to continue in his evermore-ambitious efforts. Jeffrey Vance, in "Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema", makes an interesting observation: he points out that Chaplin plays an escaped prisoner in both his last Mutual film, "The Adventurer", and in this film, his last First National release. They both reflect the filmmaker's escape from confining contracts.

There's some light satire on a religious community and parody of Westerns, and Chaplin gets plenty of mileage out of the common mistaken identity device. I didn't find any of the gags particularly memorable, but the hilarity is sustained throughout the film. "The Pilgrim" is, as religion can be, uplifting.


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