The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.


(as Charlie Chaplin)


(as Charlie Chaplin)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
Henry Bergman ...
Tiny Sandford ...
Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
Stanley Blystone ...
Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ...
Mira McKinney ...
Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)


Chaplins last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital... When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out. Written by Colin Tinto <>

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Release Date:

25 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Masses  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,507 (USA) (9 January 2004)


$163,245 (USA) (22 October 2004)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to some accounts, working together on the film put a strain on Charles Chaplin and Paulette Goddard's relationship. Contrary to the way young actresses were presented on screen, Goddard was to wear shabby clothing and no make-up as the Gamin. When she showed up for filming with her hair beautifully coiffed, Chaplin dumped a bucket of water over her head. See more »


The Bellows Feeding Machine moves closer to the boss's desk between shots. See more »


President of the Electro Steel Corp.: [from the Telescreen in the restroom to the factory worker] Hey you! Get back to work!
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Referenced in The Party (1980) See more »


How Dry I Am
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One of the funniest movies (silent or talkie) ever!
15 March 2000 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

This movie is a must see for anyone who loves comedies. Charlie Chaplin is at his all-time best as the Tramp, and he has wonderful chemistry with Paulette Goddard's Gamin. Together, they provide an hour and a half of non-stop laughs. My favorite parts are when he is fed by a "modern" machine that goes awry, and then when Charlie goes crazy in the factory. The situations and expressions are hilarious! Please see this movie definitely will not regret it.

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