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The Champion (1915)

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Charles Chaplin ... Challenger
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Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose, Charlie puts the horseshoe in his glove and wins. The trainer prepares Charlie to fight the world champion. A gambler wants Charlie to throw the fight. He and the trainer's daughter fall in love. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie the Champion See more »

Filming Locations:

Niles, California, USA See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film was restored in 2014 through the Chaplin Essanay Project thanks to the financial support of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. See more »

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Edited into Chaplin's Art of Comedy (1968) See more »

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Not great but a big improvement
7 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of 5 Chaplin that are on the first DVD of Chaplin's Essanay Comedies. In general, compared to volume 2, the shorts on volume 1 aren't as well-made--because the DVDs are arranged chronologically. Chaplin's skill as a film maker and actor appeared to improve through his stay with Essanay Studios.

This short is not great, but compared to the previous Essanay shorts, it is a major improvement. That's because this short is more like a mini-movie and is very plot-driven--something ALL great Chaplin shorts have in common. The final boxing sequence is funny but makes no sense--just turn off your brain and enjoy.

By the way,...I like the dog in the film. Dogs like this are cool.


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