Charlie Chaplin Movie Review 

Movie Review – Count, The

Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, Leota Bryan, Frank J Coleman, James T Kelley, Charlotte Mineau, John Rand, Tiny Thatcher. Synopsis: A tailor and his protege attend an aristocratic party pretending to be a famous Count, only to discover their subterfuge may have wide-ranging ramifications. ******** Hilarious goofball comedy short from Charlie Chaplin, The Count is the archetypal “two men after the one woman” trope played to hilarious perfection. Chaplin’s sly wink-wink to the audience and Eric Campbell’s game supporting role as the…

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Movie Review – Floorwalker, The

Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Lloyd Bacon, Albert Austin, Edna Purviance, Charlotte Mineau, Leo White, Henry Bergman, Frank J Coleman, Bud Jamison, James T Kelley, Tom Nelson, John Rand, Wesley Ruggles, Tiny Sandford. Synopsis: The Tramp is tricked into impersonating an embezzling floorwalker in a department store. **** The first of Charlie Chaplin’s short films under the Mutual Film Corporation banner, The Floorwalker is notable for several firsts in cinema. Ostensibly a mistaken-identity routine coupled with Chaplin’s frantic Tramp-inations, the 30 minute film is the first known example of what…

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Movie Review – Immigrant, The

Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, Kitty Bradbury, Frank J Coleman, Tom Harrington, James T Kelley, John Rand, Tom Wilson. Synopsis: Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America. ***** A flat-out masterpiece of film-making, Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant, his penultimate film for the Mutual Film Company, is testament to the power of the visual medium for both story and character. Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character, honed to perfection by the time the actor…

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Movie Review – Fireman, The

Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon, Eric Campbell, Leo White, Albert Austin, John Rand, James T Kelley, Frank J Coleman. Synopsis: A fireman who does everything wrong must come to the said of a beautiful woman when her house catches fire. ***** Chaplin’s second Mutual short is a physical comedy based around the premise of firefighting. Oh, and plenty of cartoonish violence, as well. The Fireman sees Charlie star as a inept firefighter at a local city firehouse, where his clownish behaviour proves the undoing of a corrupt fire…

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Movie Review – One A.M.

Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Albert Austin. Synopsis: A drunkard returns home with some struggle and effort, trying to head to bed. **** The fourth two-reeler in entertainment legend Charlie Chaplin’s contract under the Mutual banner, 1916’s One A.M. is a rarity in that it’s one of the few short films he made in which Edna Purviance, Chaplin’s wife, doesn’t appear. A briskly paced slapstick comedy, One A.M. features Chaplin almost entirely solo, aside from a brief cameo by Albert Austin during the film’s opening moments, playing a wealthy drunk returning home…

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Movie Review – Limelight (1952)

Director : Charles Chaplin Year Of Release :   1952 Principal Cast :  Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Norman Lloyd, Andre Eglevsky, Marjorie Bennett, Wheeler Dryden, Melissa Hayden. (Uncredited: Geraldine Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, Charles Chaplin Jr, Michael Chaplin, Oona O’Neill) Approx Running Time :  137 Minutes Synopsis:   A fading comedian and a suicidal ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives. ********  Encapsulating the duopoly of Hollywood’s fascination with ageing, Limelight is a contrast in focus. Charlie Chaplin was entering…

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Movie Review – City Lights (1931)

Director :  Charlie Chaplin Year Of Release :   1931 Principal Cast :   Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Al Ernest Garcia, Hank Mann. Approx Running Time :   97 Minutes Synopsis:   With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. ********* For an all-to-brief period in Hollywood’s history, not long after The Jazz Singer marked the debut of “talkies” in the medium, cinema lurched forward with the…

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Movie Review – Circus, The (1928)

Director :  Charlie Chaplin Year Of Release :  1928 Principal Cast :  Charlie Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, John Rand, Steve Murphy. Approx Running Time :   72 Minutes Synopsis:  The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus. ********** Under the big-top. For a comedy, The Circus doesn’t start that funny. In fact, the film provides us with one of the least funny characters in a Chaplin film – the proprietor and ringmaster of the titular circus is…

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Charlie Chaplin Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – Great Dictator, The

  Director :  Charlie Chaplin Year Of Release :   1940 Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Maurice Moscovich, Emma Dunn, Bernard Gorcey, Paul Weigel, Chester Conklin, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert, Grace Hayle, Carter De Haven. Approx Running Time :   125 Minutes Synopsis:  Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime. ****** The biggest middle finger to Hitler, ever.  If there’s a modern cinematic approximation of Charlie Chaplin’s spot-on satire of Nazi Germany, it would…

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Movie Review – Modern Times

Director :  Charlie Chaplin Year Of Release :   1936 Principal Cast :  Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone, Allan Garcia, Dick Alexander, Cecil Reynolds, Myra McKinney, Murdoch McQuarrie, Wildred Lucas, Ed Le Sainte, Fred Malatesta, Sam Stein. Approx Running Time :   97 Minutes Synopsis:  The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. ****** Rise Of The Machines. Ahead of its, ahem, time, Modern Times is one of those films so attuned to public disenfranchisement…

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