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Chaplin's Goliath (1996)

A film about Eric Campbell, the tall Scottish actor who was most famous for playing the quintessential villain for Charles Chaplin's Tramp character.

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Kevin Macdonald

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Kevin Macdonald
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bill Paterson ... Narrator (voice)
Brenda Bull Brenda Bull ... Self
Peter Menzies Peter Menzies ... Self
Jimmy Logan Jimmy Logan ... Self
David Robinson David Robinson ... Self
Sam Gill ... Self
David Totheroh David Totheroh ... Self
Bonnie McCourt Bonnie McCourt ... Self
Jim Poole Jim Poole ... Self
Charlotte Logan Charlotte Logan ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Austin ... Self (archive footage)
Henry Bergman ... Self (archive footage)
Eric Campbell ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... Self (archive footage)
Syd Chaplin ... Self (archive footage)
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A film about Eric Campbell, the tall Scottish actor who was most famous for playing the quintessential villain for Charles Chaplin's Tramp character.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaplin's Goliath: In Search of Scotland's Forgotten Star See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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A spokesperson for Angelus Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, where Eric Campbell is buried, is seen stating that among other notable people laid to rest at the same cemetery are actress Hattie McDaniel and author Ray Bradbury. Although McDaniel, who died in 1952, is indeed buried there, Bradbury was very much alive when this documentary was made in 1996. Following his death in 2012, Bradbury was buried in Westwood Memorial Cemetery, also in Los Angeles. See more »

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Features Live Wires and Love Sparks (1916) See more »

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Mildly interesting and really only for big fans of the big man and his films.
29 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Eric Campbell is a footnote in the history of Hollywood as well as slapstick comedies. This is meant as no insult. He only made 11 films with Charlie Chaplin as his large and angry nemesis and died at the height of his fame....and it's not surprising that today practically no one has heard of him. Additionally, while this documentary doesn't mention him, Campbell's role was supplanted by Mack Swain after Campbell's death and most Chaplin lovers today remember this rotund American instead of the Scottish Campbell. This is no insult...just facts. But these facts also make this documentary about Campbell a bit problematic. His career was short and he's been dead 99 years. So what more can you say about the guy?!

While this film is reasonably well made, it is DEFINITELY a niche documentary. People who don't love Chaplin will likely be bored or unimpressed and it's clearly for his fans and fans of slapstick in general. Worth seeing...at least for the initiated. The fact that it's recently come to Netflix is a bit of a surprise, though I am happy as I am a HUGE fan of the silent comedies.


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