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

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A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
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A Gamin
Henry Bergman ...
Cafe Proprietor
Tiny Sandford ...
Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
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Mechanic
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Burglar
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Gamin's Father
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President of the Electro Steel Corp. (as Allan Garcia)
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Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ...
Minister
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Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
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J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
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Juvenile Officer
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Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
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Cafe Head Waiter
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Turbine Operator (as Sam Stein)
Juana Sutton ...
Woman with Buttoned Bosom
Ted Oliver ...
Billows' Assistant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ...
Billows' Silent Assistant (uncredited)
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Worker (uncredited)
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Assembly Line Worker Next to Big Bill (uncredited)
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Gamin's Sister (uncredited)
Gloria Delson ...
Gamin's Sister (uncredited)
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Jail Guard (uncredited)
Gloria Franks ...
Waif child (uncredited)
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Shipbuilder (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Worker (uncredited)
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Paddywagon Policeman (uncredited)
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Frustrated Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Walter James ...
Assembly Line Foreman (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jack Low ...
Worker (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ...
Cigar Counterman (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ...
Paddy Wagon Policeman (uncredited)
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Convict (uncredited)
James C. Morton ...
Assembly Line Relief Man (uncredited)
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Burglar (uncredited)
J.C. Nugent ...
Department Store Section Manager (uncredited)
Russ Powell ...
Gypsy in Police Patrol Wagon (uncredited)
John Rand ...
Other Waiter (uncredited)
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Worker (uncredited)

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Charles Chaplin ... (as Charlie Chaplin)

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Charles Chaplin ... (written by) (as Charlie Chaplin)

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Charles Chaplin ... producer (uncredited)

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Charles Chaplin ... (music composed by) (as Charlie Chaplin)

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Ira H. Morgan ... (photography) (as Ira Morgan)
Roland Totheroh ... (photography) (as Rollie Totheroh)

Film Editing by

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

Casting By

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Al Ernest Garcia ... (uncredited)

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Charles D. Hall ... (uncredited)

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J. Russell Spencer ... (uncredited)

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J. Russell Spencer ... (settings) (as Russell Spencer)

Makeup Department

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Elizabeth Arden ... makeup artist: Mr. Chaplin and Miss Goddard (uncredited)

Production Management

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Alfred Reeves ... general production manager (uncredited)
Jack Wilson ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

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Carter DeHaven ... assistant director
Henry Bergman ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Charles D. Hall ... settings
Hal Atkins ... props (uncredited)
William Bogdanoff ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Bob Depps ... props (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter ... purchasing agent (uncredited)

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Bud Thackery ... process photography (uncredited)

Stunts

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Chuck Hamilton ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Max Munn Autrey ... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Donaldson ... gaffer (uncredited)
Morgan Hill ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Mark Marlatt ... camera operator (uncredited)
Ted Minor ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Testera ... gaffer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Frank Maher ... music recordist
Paul Neal ... music recordist
Alfred Newman ... conductor
Edward B. Powell ... music arranger (as Edward Powell)
David Raksin ... music arranger
Charles Dunworth ... music assistant: Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Girwood Averill ... projectionist (uncredited)
Catherine Hunter ... press representative (uncredited)
Della Steele ... script clerk (uncredited)
Joe Van Meter ... purchasing agent (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines He stands alone as the greatest entertainer of modern times! No one on earth can make you laugh as heartily or touch your heart as deeply...the whole world laughs, cries and thrills to his priceless genius! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Masses (United States)
  • Les temps modernes (France)
  • Moderne Zeiten (Germany)
  • Tiempos modernos (Spain)
  • Temps moderns (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 87 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,507, 09 Jan 2004

Did You Know?

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Trivia (at around 1h 20 mins) Charles Chaplin allows the Tramp to speak on camera for the first time during the restaurant scene, but insisted that what the Tramp says be universal. Therefore, the song the Tramp sings is in gibberish, but it is possible to follow the story he tells by watching his hand gestures. See more »
Goofs After going on break, he turns both wrenches in the same direction. Before that he appears to be tightening them in opposite directions. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Hallelujah, I'm a Bum See more »
Quotes A gamin: [Last lines] What's the use of trying?
A factory worker: Buck up - never say die. We'll get along.
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