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The Adventurer (1917)

Unrated | | Comedy, Short | 22 October 1917 (USA)
The Little Tramp escapes from prison; saves a girl and her mother from drowning; and creates havoc at a swank party.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Convict (as Charlie Chaplin)
Edna Purviance ... The Girl
Eric Campbell ... The Suitor
Henry Bergman ... The Father
Albert Austin ... The Butler
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Storyline

Charlie escapes from prison. After rescuing a girl and her mother from drowning, Charlie is invited to their home where a big party is held and he is treated like a hero. However, as a result Charlie's photo is printed in the newspapers and the prison guards come after him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Авантюрист See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The chauffeur was played by Toraichi Kono, who was Charles Chaplin's own butler, chauffeur, secretary, and bodyguard from 1916 to 1934. See more »

Goofs

When the Tramp first appears in the sand, the policeman's rifle is resting on the ground, pointing at him. In the next long shot, the rifle is in the policeman's lap. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [opening title card] The man hunt.
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Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a set of videos containing all the 12 Mutual short films made by Chaplin in 1916 - 1917. They are presented by David H. Shepard, who copyrighted the versions in 1984, and have a music soundtrack composed and performed by Michael D. Mortilla who copyrighted his score in 1989. The running time of this film is 24 minutes. See more »

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Very Funny Slapstick Comedy
25 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Although there isn't quite the depth to "The Adventurer" that many of Chaplin's films have, since most of it is just slapstick comedy, on that level it is still quite a success. It is non-stop fun with a lot of good gags, with good work not only from Chaplin but also from his supporting cast.

Charlie plays a convict who escapes from prison and tries one thing after another to stay free. Early in the movie, when he happens to save a rich girl (Chaplin regular Edna Purviance) from drowning, he is taken into her home, and from there, some hilarious situations and a lot of frantic activity follow.

One of the things that works very well in this feature is the re-use of a couple of the same gags with different details. Chaplin and the rest of the cast also work together well in building up the humor as it goes along. There are also some hints at some of Chaplin's usual social themes. For pure comedy, this is one of the best of Chaplin's short films.


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