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The Gold Rush, starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale

The Gold Rush (1925) starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain

The Gold Rush, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray

Synopsis of The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush, starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia HaleBuy from Amazon.com The Gold Rush is one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest films. Like all of his films starring the Little Tramp, it is a silent.  It demonstrates very well why the silent movie is an art form in its’ own right.  Modern clowns would do well to learn from a master of the art of pantomime by watching this film.  It’s Chaplin at his finest. Chaplin and his crew do an excellent job of telling the story without dialog, and it moves from funny to poignant to sad to touching and back to funny again.

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Caught in the Rain - Charlie Chaplin short film originally released May 4, 1914

Caught in the Rain

Caught in the Rain – Charlie Chaplin short film originally released May 4, 1914

Caught in the Rain is another early Charlie Chaplin film from Keystone Studios, where the character of Charlie the little tramp isn’t quite what we’re used to from his later work.   Slightly tipsy, Charlie tries to make time with Alice Davenport‘s character, unaware that she’s married, leading to his being beaten up by her husband, Mack Swain.

Later that night in the hotel where he’s staying, a sleepwalking Alice comes into his room, and Charlie tries to get her back into her own room while avoiding her prowling husband, ending up with the married couple happily reunited, but with poor Charlie trapped out on a window ledge in a downpour.  Hence the title.

Caught in the Rain - Charlie Chaplin short film originally released May 4, 1914
Caught in the Rain – Charlie Chaplin short film, co-starring Alice Davenport and Mack Swain

Trivia for Caught in the Rain starring Charlie Chaplin

  • Also released as:
    • At It Again
    • Charlot y la sonámbula (Spain)
    • De kvinnorna, de kvinnorna (Sweden)
    • In the Park (USA) (reissue title)
    • Who Got Stung?
  • This is the first film that Chaplin wrote and directed entirely on his own.

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