This is an absolutely brilliant scene from Charlie’s Keystone film “Getting Acquainted” 1914.
I have spoke about how his cane was a natural extension of himself and very often his cane would and could do only what he wished he was able to get away with, of course if it was naughty it would get spanked like in this film - lifting Mabel’s skirt.
The cane was always within arms reach, no matter what was happening he had to stop and locate it. I love in his film “A Night Out” - 1915, set in a hotel, Charlie puts the cane to bed an lovingly covers it with a blanket.
It is these little bits that set him apart in early cinema, what drew the audience to him.
THE KID - Released 92 years ago today January 21, 1921
This scene with Charlie and and his son in a Doss (shelter) house - this is after he rescues him and is afraid to go back to their home for fear of being found.
Your think that Charlie is taking great care to cover his son but then he surprises you by turning over and taking the blanket but he does not even use it for himself.
Charlie being told to hit the bricks or the snow :) and having a hard time with it..apparently I heard to keep him slipping like that they used soap..
It has been suggested by some authors - the reason Charlie lets her continue to unravel his under clothes is because he is representing himself as a man of wealth - , such a man would not have strings hanging off his clothes.
Sort of makes sense.
This is such an iconic image of “the little tramp” from the beautiful ending of “The Circus”, his heart broken yet again he kicks his troubles away and walks down the open road alone yet again..
THE VAGABOND - 1916
Charlie realizes that Edna has feelings for someone else and not him.
THE GOLD RUSH - 1925
In the original version of The Gold Rush Georgia (Georgia Hale) seemed to take some pleasure in having fun at the tramps expense even if his feelings were hurt in the process, when he released the film again in 1942 with him narrating he changed the story line a bit making Georgia more sympathetic towards the tramp.
The words on the screen above are indicating what Charlie Chaplin is narrating in the 1942 release.
In the 1925 original release he gave no indication he was aware she was fooling.
Charlie Chaplin & Edna Purviance at the end of this film “THE IMMIGRANT” 1917
He is trying to encourage Edna that getting married is a good idea. It is such a charming little scene between them.
THE CIRCUS - 1928
Charlie had just faced down a ferocious lion in it’s cage but apparently this fierce black kitty is too much for him.
- The Kid (1921)
This blog is doing incredible gifs on Chaplin films lately…this of course is my favorite especially the part where he punches the cop off the roof so he can rescue his son from the truck.
In this scene in City Lights - I ove the way he is looking at her, like he is looking into her soul.
She is treating him with kindness, as a tramp he is for the most part ignored by society.