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Release Date: February 5th, 1936

DVD Release Date: March 14th, 2000

G|1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary
This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone, Cecil Reynolds

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Charles Chaplin Productions

Distributors: United Artists

Ratings & Reviews

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  • An ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of. show more

  • Chaplin's sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made. show more

  • Charlie Chaplin finally got around to acknowledging the 20th century in this 1936 film, which substitutes machine-age gags for the fading Victoriana of his other work. Consequently, it's the coldest of his major features, though no less brilliant for it. show more

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