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The Kid [1921]

Director:Charles Chaplin
Writer:Charles Chaplin
Length:68 minutes
(1 hour 8 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:8.2/10
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Synopsis: The tramp finds and raises an orphaned child.

Reaction: This is a very touching and often genuinely funny movie.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Charles Chaplin => Director / Writer / A Tramp (as Charlie Chaplin)
Albert Austin => Man in shelter
Beulah Bains => Bride
Carl Miller => The Man
Edgar Sherrod => Priest
Edna Purviance => Mother
Frank Campeau => Welfare officer
Henry Bergman => Night shelter keeper
Jack Coogan Sr. => Guest / Devil / Pickpocket
Jackie Coogan => The Kid (as Jack Coogan)
Jules Hanft => Physician
Kitty Bradbury => Bride's mother
Lita Grey => Flirtatious Angel
Robert Dunbar => Bridegroom
Rupert Franklin => Extra in reception scene / Bride's father
Silas Hathaway => The Kid as a baby

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The shooting ratio (the amount of material shot:what appears in the final film) is 53:1, far higher than any other Charles Chaplin film.
  • The main theme from Charles Chaplin's score is based on a theme from [?] Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's {6th Symphony}.
  • For the scene in which the Kid is taken from the Tramp and nearly carted away to a workhouse, Charles Chaplin stated in his autobiography that the young Jackie Coogan was made to cry by his father, who told him that if he would not cry in the scene, he would be sent to an actual workhouse.
  • The production company tried to cheat Charles Chaplin by paying him for this six-reel film what they would ordinarily pay him for two-reel film, about half a million dollars. Chaplin took the unassembled film out of state until they agreed to the one-and-a-half million he deserved, plus half the surplus profits on rentals, plus reversion of the film to him after five years on the rental market.