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Modern Times (1936)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.


Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)


Charles Chaplin (as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Chaplin ... A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
Paulette Goddard ... A Gamin
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Cafe Proprietor
Tiny Sandford ... Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
Chester Conklin ... Mechanic
Hank Mann ... Burglar
Stanley Blystone ... Gamin's Father
Al Ernest Garcia ... President of the Electro Steel Corp. (as Allan Garcia)
Richard Alexander ... Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds Cecil Reynolds ... Minister
Mira McKinney ... Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
Wilfred Lucas ... Juvenile Officer
Edward LeSaint ... Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
Fred Malatesta ... Cafe Head Waiter


Chaplin's last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital - When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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LAUGH...CRY and THRILL TO HIS GENIUS..! (Print ad- Otsego Farmer, ((Cooperstown, NY)) 2 October 1936) See more »


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The singers in the restaurant are also heard, and some scenes include sound effects. See more »


(at around 4 mins) When the wrench gets stuck on the bolt, Charles Chaplin loses hold of it, but he has it in his hand when the foreman comes by. See more »


[first lines]
President of the Electro Steel Corp.: Section 5, speed her up, 401.
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Alternate Versions

The said 33 seconds last minute removal is this: "After the girl takes the diamond from the fat man, she had it checked and she found out that it was a fake diamond." See more »


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In the Evening by the Moonlight
(1880) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by James Allen Bland
Performed by waiters in the cafe
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Charles Chaplin masterpiece finds him playing a factory worker who becomes involved in problems and strikes
23 March 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This mostly silent movie deals with a little man , a disgraced factory worker who goes insane from his repetitious job at an assembly líne . At the same time the exigent boss demands him for greatest efficiency and speed at work . As the unfortunate man moving from hapless factory worker to singing waiter and ultimately triumphing along the way .

An interesting and thought-provoking Chaplin film encompassing the tyranny of Machine over man, this great film has more relevance nowadays than ever. The pic contains a sour denounce on capitalism , industrialization and human explotiation . This is a vintage flick much in the fashion that sound films offended his pantomimist's sensibilities . This is a silent movie , being the only dialogue a song sung by Chaplin in gibberish Italian .Chaplin gives an awesome and sympathetic performance as a labourer who goes crazy and triumphs over adversity , just as Charles the film director proved victorious over sound . Chaplin also composed the score which incorporates the charming tune : Smile. His spouse to be Paulette Goddard is attractive in the femenine lead , playing a poor orphan. Look for a young Gloria de Haven , as one of Paulette Goddard's Sisters . She is the real-life daughter of Chaplin's assistant director .

The motion picture was masterfully directed by Charles Chaplin .This was one of the longest ones to that date . Chaplin previously directed 2 or 3 reel short movies, such as : Our hero, The fireman, Night at the show , The adventurer, The floorwalker, The cure , The inmigrant , The circus , Burlesque on Carmen , among others . After that , he made long feature films such as : The gold Rush , The kid , City lights , The great dictator , Monseur Verdoux , Limelight, A king of New York and his last one : A countess from Hong Kong . Rating 8/10 . Better than average . Well worth watching .

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Release Date:

25 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Masses See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,809, 28 December 2003

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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