Three Chaplin silent comedies "A Dog's Life", "Shoulder Arms", and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film. Chaplin provides new music, narration, and a small... See full summary »
Due to a revolution in his country, King Shahdov comes to New York - almost broke. To get some money he goes to TV, making commercials and meets the child from communist parents. Due to this he is suddenly a suspected as a communist himself and has to face one of McCarthy's hearings.Written by
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Before coming up with the idea for this film, Charles Chaplin had thought of two ideas that he eventually decided against. One was the idea of reviving The Little Tramp (because he realized that the appeal to the tramp was his flexibility), and the other was reviving Verdoux from Monsieur Verdoux (1947) (his wife and assistant strongly argued against it.) See more »
The TV station repeatedly shown in the movie has the call letters "KPXA." However, being in New York the call letters should begin with a "W" as stations east of the Mississippi River begin the letter "W" and not "K". See more »
[after being told that the political turmoil in America is just a "passing phase."]
Quite so. In the meantime, I'll sit it out in Europe.
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Original British prints run about five minutes longer than the version that was released in America in 1976. It is this American version that is available on video, but the British cut is available on disc. See more »
This is the best film dealing with the communist witch trials I have ever seen. It is black-comedic spoof on a subject that still hasn't been spoofed enough...the UnAmerican Activities Hearings. Sure it has a funny and effective "european royalty thrown into American culture" plot but this film really has more serious and important plans for the viewer....
Watch it and don't feel guilty think
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