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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
James - the Millionaire's Butler (as Allan Garcia)
A Prizefighter
A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Alexander ...
Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
T.S. Alexander ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Victor Alexander ...
Superstitious Boxer (uncredited)
Albert Austin ...
Street Sweeper / Burglar (uncredited)
Harry Ayers ...
Cop (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ...
Boxing Fight Referee (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ...
Mayor / Blind Girl's Downstairs Neighbor (uncredited)
Betty Blair ...
Woman at Center of Table in Restaurant (uncredited)
Bald Party Guest (uncredited)
Jeanne Carpenter ...
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)
Ray Erlenborn ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Ruth Garcia ...
Woman at Left of Table in Restaurant (uncredited)
Milton Gowman ...
Street Passerby (uncredited)
Robert Graves ...
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)
Leila McIntyre ...
Flower Shop Assistant (uncredited)
Margaret Oliver ...
Street Passerby (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
Mrs. Pope ...
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
John Rand ...
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)

Film 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)

Transportation Department

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

Other 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)
Della Steele ... script supervisor (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 (Germany)
  • Lichter der Großstadt - Eine Komödien-Romance als Pantomime (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 Charles Chaplin's personal favorite of all his films. See more »
Goofs (at around 1h 25 mins) During the film's final scene, The Tramp is seen holding the flower to his face when seen from the front; when seen from the rear, he is holding it to his lapel. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Flower Girl Theme See more »
Quotes The Tramp: Be careful how you're driving.
Eccentric Millionaire: Am I driving?
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