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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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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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Trivia

The bratty boy was played by Dean Riesner, associate director and co-star Charles Reisner's son. In later years, Dean recounted how he did not want to slap Charles Chaplin's face, even though the story called for him to do so. As a result, Chaplin and his elder brother Syd Chaplin continually slapped each other's faces to convince Riesner what fun it was. See more »

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The amount and pattern of icing on the hat changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Crook: I missed my train.
Girl's Mother: Then you must stay for the night. I'll get some light.
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better than average fare from Chaplin
3 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was one of three that were later combined by Chapin into a compilation that was released to theaters in the late 1950s under the title "The Chaplin Review".

The film, though a short, was a very complete story and had a lot more depth than earlier Chaplin shorts. In other words, less emphasis was placed on sight gags and more on the story itself. As a result, it played almost like on of his full-length films.

Charlie is an escaped prisoner--an odd situation for Chaplin, I would think. However, being the good guy at heart, he is able to reform himself through the course of the film and live up to the image he created by the 1920s of the lovable Little Tramp (as opposed to the earlier incarnations which were often much more violent and mean).

This film is beautiful technically and I have nothing negative to say. It's a fine short film.


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