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A look back at Charlie Chaplin's early life and career, from his rough childhood and music hall success in England to his early Hollywood days and the development of his enormously popular "Little Tramp" character.
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Cast overview:
Peter Hudson Peter Hudson ... Narrator (voice)
Kate Guyonvarch Kate Guyonvarch ... Herself
David Robinson David Robinson ... Himself, Chaplin's biographer
Kevin Brownlow Kevin Brownlow ... Himself, film historian
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Edna Purviance ... Herself (archive footage)
Sydney Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Bergman ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Linder ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Pickford ... Herself (archive footage)
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
Antoine Lange Antoine Lange ... The child
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A look back at Charlie Chaplin's early life and career, from his rough childhood and music hall success in England to his early Hollywood days and the development of his enormously popular "Little Tramp" character.

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France | UK

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English | French

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14 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaplin si micul vagabond See more »

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| (TV) (2014)

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Worth seeing as a nice but relatively succinct overview of the life of Chaplin up to about age 30.
27 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I don't think this show about Chaplin is among the very best on the man (I'd probably say "Unknown Chaplin" might just be that), it is very good and a nice discussion of the early stage and film career of Charlie Chaplin. It focuses quite a bit on his early poverty and tough childhood as well as his career in short films. It stops with his years with Mutual Studio--ending around the time of the First World War.

I think the biggest reason I only scored the show a 7 was because it was just too short. At 52 minutes, it's only a glimpse into Chaplin and leaves a lot unsaid. A decent biography and examination of his career and filmmaking could be a mini-series all by itself! So, for the advanced Chaplin fan, it's just not enough but for the casual viewer it's well worth seeing. As for me, I liked it because they often showed Kevin Brownlow and got his impressions of Chaplin. Brownlow is a genius when it comes to the lives of many of the silent film stars and has made the best documentaries on these folks-- including Chaplin.


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