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Charlie Chaplins The Immigrant

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Charlie Chaplins The Immigrant

The film begins aboard a steamer crossing the Atlantic Ocean, and initially showcases the misadventures of an unnamed immigrant (Chaplin) who finds himself in assorted mischief while, among other things, playing cards, eating in a mess hall, and avoiding seasick passengers. Along the way, he befriends another unnamed immigrant (Purviance) who is travelling to America with her ailing mother. The tramp, feeling sorry for the two penniless women, attempts to secretly place his winnings from his card game in the woman's (Purviance) pocket, but ends up being mistakenly accused of being a pickpocket. The woman (Purviance) manages to clear the tramp's name. Upon arrival in America, the tramp and Edna part company.

Comedy, Classic
Run time
Take One
Charles Chaplin
Written by
Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
© 2015 Copyright Take One, All rights reserved.
User reviews (3)
  • Avatar of Mukyhask
    4 years ago
    When I was a young boy (about five years old), my parents couldn't afford a TV and, in order to give me entertainment, my dad bought a second hand silent cine projector and showed me some silent westerns (which I have all but forgotten) and - oh joy, oh bliss - the Essanay and Mutual Chaplin films. The greatest of these - by a long way, in my estimation is 'The Adventurer' indeed, it is one of the very few short films worthy of the term 'masterpiece'.

    The Adventurer is a sonata on the number 3. There are three main locations - the beach, the pier and the house. The cliff location in the beach scene is triangular, Charlie and his two pursuers make an hilarious trio, with every combination of characters and apexes of the triangle being explored...

    Then we go onto the pier... There we have three sub-locations - the top of the pier, the car and the sea. Charlie explores all of these and then moves onto the house.

    Here we also have three locations - upstairs, downstairs and the terrace. You can see dozens of other 'threes' in the film, but the coda, in which Charlie is chased three times round the set is like the delirious coda to Mozart's 41st Symphony when the orchestra seem to take off. There is noting like it in all cinema.

    Of course I had no idea about all this subtlety when I was a kid, I just looked and laughed in wonder and said with a pleading thrill in my voice.... 'Play it again, Dad.'

    Without these wonderful Chaplin films, I doubt that I would have given my life to the cinema for the last fifty years.
  • Avatar of Filmdigger
    4 years ago
    I laughed so much! It was 20 mins. of pure JOY!
  • Avatar of DanP
    4 years ago
    23 minutes that feels like 2 hours. When "The End" finally shows I feel released and almost newborn. I have reached the light at the end of a long dark tunnel of shit. this belongs in the archive, or should have been buried along with the actors.