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With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.


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A Blind Girl
Florence Lee ...
The Blind Girl's Grandmother
An Eccentric Millionaire
The Millionaire's Butler (as Allan Garcia)
A Prizefighter
A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Aber ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Jack Alexander ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
T.S. Alexander ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Victor Alexander ...
Superstitious Boxer (uncredited)
Street Sweeper / Burglar (uncredited)
Harry Ayers ...
Cop (uncredited)
Boxing Fight Referee (uncredited)
Mayor / Blind Girl's Downstairs Neighbor (uncredited)
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Betty Blair ...
Woman at Center of Table in Restaurant (uncredited)
Bald Party Guest (uncredited)
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
Marie Cooper ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Dempsey ...
Boxer (uncredited)
Peter Diego ...
Man in Mix-Up with Coat and Hat (uncredited)
James Donnelly ...
Street Sweepers' Foreman (uncredited)
Newsboy (uncredited)
Ruth Garcia ...
Woman at Left of Table in Restaurant (uncredited)
Milton Gowman ...
Street Passerby (uncredited)
Police Officer (uncredited)
Charles Hammond ...
Street Passerby (uncredited)
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
Ad Herman ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph Herrick ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Austen Jewell ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Willie Keeler ...
Boxer (uncredited)
A.B. Lane ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie McAuliffe ...
Eddie Mason - Boxer (uncredited)
Flower Shop Assistant (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Margaret Oliver ...
Street Passerby (uncredited)
Newsboy (uncredited)
Mrs. Pope ...
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
Tramp Who Dives for Cigar (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ...
Sculptor (uncredited)
Wyn Ritchie Evans ...
W.C. Robinson ...
Man Who Throws Away Cigar (uncredited)
James Sheldon ...
Young Man (uncredited)
Cy Slocum ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Tony Stabenau ...
Victorious Boxer - Later Knocked Out (uncredited)
Mark Strong ...
Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Jack Sutherland ...
Tall Man at Party (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter ...
Burglar (uncredited)
Emmett Wagner ...
Second (uncredited)
Tiny Ward ...
Man in Elevator in Front of the Art Shop (uncredited)
Stanhope Wheatcroft ...
Distinguished Gentleman in Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by

Charles Chaplin

Written by

Charles Chaplin ... (written by)
Harry Carr ... () (uncredited)
Harry Crocker ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Charles Chaplin ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Charles Chaplin ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Gordon Pollock ... (photographer)
Roland Totheroh ... (photographer) (as Rollie Totheroh)

Editing by

Charles Chaplin ... (uncredited)
Willard Nico ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

Peter Culverwell ... assistant editor: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
Tim Grover ... assistant editor: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score

Casting By

Al Ernest Garcia ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

Henry Clive ... (uncredited)

Production Management

Alfred Reeves ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Albert Austin ... assistant director
Henry Bergman ... assistant director
Harry Crocker ... assistant director

Art Department

Charles D. Hall ... settings

Sound Department

Theodore Reed ... sound supervisor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Edward B. Anderson ... still photographer
Ralph Barton ... still photographer (uncredited)
Mark Marlatt ... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Testera ... gaffer (uncredited)

Music Department

Carl Davis ... musical director: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
Robert Hathaway ... music editor (1988 recording of Chaplin's score) (as Bob Hathaway)
John Hayward ... music dubbing mixer: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
Arthur Johnston ... musical arrangement
Dick Lewzey ... music recordist: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
Alfred Newman ... musical director
José Padilla ... composer: additional music
Paul Wing ... orchestral contractor: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
Alfred Newman ... musical arrangements (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Della Steele ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Toraichi Kono ... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Kevin Brownlow ... supervisor: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
David Gill ... supervisor: 1988 recording of Chaplin's score
Harry Crocker ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Carlyle Robinson ... press representative (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor. Written by John J. Magee

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Taglines HE RETURNS -And the world rocks again with laughter. (Print Ad-Daily Examiner, ((Grafton, NSW)) 6 July 1931) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime (United States)
  • Les lumières de la ville (France)
  • Lichter der Großstadt - Eine Komödien-Romance als Pantomime (Germany)
  • Lichter der Großstadt (Germany)
  • Luces de la ciudad (Spain)
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  • 87 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Sir Charles Chaplin invited Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa to join him at the Los Angeles premier on January 30, 1931. When the house lights came up, Chaplin was surprised to see Einstein's eyes tearing at the final scene. Chaplin said in his autobiography that he had not known Einstein to be so "sentimental." See more »
Goofs (at around 50 mins) When the man swallows part of the Tramp's soap and starts spraying bubbles, the tube used to spray the bubbles is clearly visible behind him. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Flower Girl Theme See more »
Quotes The Tramp: You can see now?
A Blind Girl: Yes, I can see now.
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