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The Birth of the Tramp (2013)

La naissance de Charlot (original title)
A look back at Charlie Chaplin's early life and career, from his rough childhood and music hall success in England to his early Hollywood days and the development of his enormously popular "Little Tramp" character.
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Cast overview:
Peter Hudson Peter Hudson ... Narrator (voice)
Kate Guyonvarch Kate Guyonvarch ... Herself
David Robinson David Robinson ... Himself, Chaplin's biographer
Kevin Brownlow Kevin Brownlow ... Himself, film historian
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Edna Purviance ... Herself (archive footage)
Sydney Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry Bergman ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Linder ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Pickford ... Herself (archive footage)
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
Antoine Lange Antoine Lange ... The child
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A look back at Charlie Chaplin's early life and career, from his rough childhood and music hall success in England to his early Hollywood days and the development of his enormously popular "Little Tramp" character.

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France | UK

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English | French

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14 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaplin si micul vagabond See more »

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| (TV) (2014)

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Chaplin Before The Tramp
10 June 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Birth of the Tramp (2013)

*** (out of 4)

Peter Hudson narrates this documentary that takes a look at Charles Chaplin's career before his Tramp character and how he became a legend when he created the homeless treasure. Kate Guyonvarch, David Robinson and film historian Kevin Brownlow are on hand to discuss what Chaplin was doing in the early part of his career and how The Tramp was born.

There have been countless documentaries on the life and career of Chaplin so one must keep that in mind when they view this. THE BIRTH OF THE TRAMP isn't nearly as great as something like UNKNOWN CHAPLIN but fans of the comic legend will certainly want to watch this since it gives a lot of detail in the actor's career before The Tramp and certainly before his later day films. It gives a lot of detail to Chaplin's early work and we get to hear about how his popularity rose over time and how he would eventually become a legend.

The documentary is certainly well-made and there's no question that Robinson and Brownlow are among the most knowledgeable people so getting to hear from them is always great.


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