The Charlie Chaplin Revue

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  • G
  • 1959
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 7.7  (1,587)

The Charlie Chaplin Revue, released in 1959, is a black-and-white comedy film featuring the comedic genius of Charlie Chaplin. The film is a collection of some of Chaplin's most famous short films, including "The Kid" (1921), "The Idle Class" (1921), and "Pay Day" (1922). The revue also includes a previously unreleased short film titled "A Dog's Life" (1918).

The film begins with Chaplin's short film "A Dog's Life," which follows the life of a stray dog as he navigates the streets of the city. In this classic Chaplin film, the dog's misadventures bring him into contact with a pickpocket played by Chaplin himself. The pickpocket takes the dog under his wing, and the two of them embark on a life of crime together.

The next segment of the revue features the film "Shoulder Arms" (1918), a World War I comedy in which Chaplin plays a hapless soldier who inadvertently saves the day. In this film, Chaplin must navigate the dangers of trench warfare and battle with the enemy, all while maintaining his trademark physical comedy.

The next film in the collection is "The Kid" (1921), one of Chaplin's most iconic films. In this film, Chaplin plays a tramp who takes in an abandoned baby and raises him as his own. The film showcases Chaplin's remarkable ability to blend humor and heart, as he portrays the tramp's tender relationship with the young boy.

The fourth segment of the revue is "The Idle Class" (1921), a comedy of errors in which Chaplin plays both a wealthy socialite and his tramp doppelganger. The film is a biting satire of the wealthy elite of society and their hedonistic lifestyles.

The final segment of the revue is "Pay Day" (1922), a hilarious look at a day in the life of a construction worker. In this film, Chaplin plays a hapless laborer whose attempts to make extra money are constantly thwarted by his own incompetence and bad luck.

Throughout the revue, Chaplin's physical comedy and innate sense of timing are on full display. From his iconic tramp character to his playful portrayals of soldiers, construction workers, and socialites, Chaplin proves himself to be one of the greatest comedians of all time.

In addition to Chaplin himself, the film also features performances by frequent Chaplin collaborators Edna Purviance and Albert Austin. Purviance appears in both "The Kid" and "Shoulder Arms," while Austin appears in "Shoulder Arms" and "The Idle Class."

Overall, The Charlie Chaplin Revue is a must-see for anyone who appreciates classic comedy. Featuring some of Chaplin's most iconic films, the revue is a showcase of his unmatched talent for physical humor and his ability to infuse even his most outrageous antics with a sense of heart and humanity.

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    1 hr 59 min
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    7.7  (1,587)