Charlie Chaplin

The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman

The Circus (1928) starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy

The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman

Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus:

The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry BergmanBuy from Amazon.com The Circus is one of the Little Tramp’s most poignant roles, as well as one of Charlie Chaplin’s funniest silent movies — for which he won a special Oscar. It begins with the Tramp attending a small circus that comes to town.  He haphazardly bumps into a pickpocket, who hides his ill-gotten goods in the Tramp’s pocket. This soon leads to a marvelous chase, with the police chasing both the pickpocket and the Tramp.  At one point the pickpocket and the Tramp are running in parallel, and the Tramp politely tips his hat to the thief. After a chase through the hall of mirrors (which has to be seen), the Tramp accidentally runs into the circus’ center ring, where he is unintentionally hilarious. (more…)

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City Lights - The Chaplin Collection, starring Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherill, DVD cover

City Lights

City Lights (1931) written by, produced by and starring Charlie Chaplin

Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

City Lights - The Chaplin Collection, starring Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherill, DVD cover

In City Lights, Charlie Chaplin plays the part of Charlie the little tramp, a homeless vagabond, who encounters a flower girl, only to discover that she’s blind. After Charlie rescues an inebriated rich man from committing suicide, the eccentric millionaire decides that Charlie is his best friend.  He takes Charlie out partying, gives him a car, etc.– only to totally forgot about him when he’s sober.

Charlie uses the millionaire’s money (when he can) to help the blind girl who mistakenly thinks that Charlie is the millionaire.   But when the forgetful millionaire leaves town, Charlie needs to raise money to help the girl.   Charlie works as a street sweeper and tries to win a boxing match.   The millionaire returns, inebriated, at the last moment, and cheerfully gives Charlie the money.  Only to forget about it moments later.   The end of the movie is sad, ending with a true tearjerker moment.  Charlie and the flower girl, now cured of her blindness, are reunited. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin in the trenches in his World War I film, Shoulder Arms

Shoulder Arms

Shoulder Arms (1918) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Sydney Chaplin

Shoulder Arms is a silent film made by Charlie Chaplin, released at the end of World War I.   It details the adventures of Chaplin’s world-famous Little Tramp character, Charlie, as he is drafted. (more…)

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The Rounders - starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle

The Rounders

The Rounders (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle

A silent film during Charlie Chaplin’s time with the Keystone studio, where Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle are inebriated husbands, who after being beaten up by their wives, sneak out for … more drinks!

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Sunnyside (1919) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Sunnyside

Sunnyside (1919) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Sunnyside is an unusual  Charlie Chaplin short film in several respects.  First, although the main character is clearly Charlie the Little Tramp, he’s not really a tramp in this movie.  He’s gainfully employed by Henry Bergman as a worker at a farm/hotel, working from 4:00 a.m. until late at night.   (more…)

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The Immigrant - Charlie Chaplin eating on board ship

The Immigrant (1917) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

The Immigrant produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman

Synopsis of The Immigrant:

 The Immigrant is the story of Charlie the Little Tramp coming to America for the first time, fittingly enough on a “tramp” steamer. On the way, he meets fellow immigrant Edna Purviance who is taking care of her sickly mother.  Charlie fights seasickness and the ship’s rolling decks, nearly gets arrested for something he didn’t do, and nearly gets beaten up after eating a meal he can’t pay for.  But all ends happily ever after with Charlie and Edna gainfully employed and about to get married. (more…)

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His New Profession (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Charley Chase

His New Profession

His New Profession (1914) starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Charley Chase

His New Profession where Charlie Chaplin, as the Little Tramp, turns a quiet day at the park into chaos – especially for the people in wheelchairs! (more…)

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Easy Street (1917) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell

Easy Street

Review of Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film, Easy Street.  Co-starring Eric Campbell as the bully who terrorizes the slum.  Edna Purviance as the mission worker who reaches Charlie the Tramp.  Who, after his reformation, becomes the cop on the beat who has to stop Eric the bully (more…)

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Essential Charlie Chaplin volume 10 The Essential CHARLIE CHAPLIN COLLECTION...a must-have for any fan or film buff's library. This definitive collection of 12-DVDs contains 57 of Chaplin's legendary early films in chronological order...a true historical legacy of the greatest comedian who ever lived.

Essential Charlie Chaplin volume 10

Editorial review of Essential Charlie Chaplin volume 10

The Essential CHARLIE CHAPLIN COLLECTION…a must-have for any fan or film buff’s library. This definitive collection of 12-DVDs contains 57 of Chaplin’s legendary early films in chronological order…a true historical legacy of the greatest comedian who ever lived.

COVERS CHAPLIN’S WORK AT KEYSTONE, ESSANAY, MUTUAL AND FIRST NATIONAL FILM COMPANIES. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin volume 1-23 -- Chaplin's early silent films

Charlie Chaplin volume 1-23

Charlie Chaplin volume 1-23 — Chaplin’s early silent films

Charlie Chaplin volume 1-23 – In short, this is a collection of 23 of Charlie Chaplin’s first silent films, mostly shorts. (more…)

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