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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 Eric Campbell ... The Suitor
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... The Father
Albert Austin 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:

A szökött fegyenc See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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

Director and serious film buff Alexander Payne paid to have this Charles Chaplin short restored and shown at the Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy, in 2013, where he also introduced it. See more »

Goofs

The sea level: when people are falling into the water we see the tide is in and the water is deep; when they are shown climbing onto the pier, the tide is clearly out as can be seen in the background. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Barfi! (2012) See more »

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As Good As It Gets For Chaplin's Early Silent Films
19 April 2000 | by packofk9sSee all my reviews

I've seen The Adventurer well over a dozen times and each time it is just as funny as the time before. I repeatedly find myself thinking during the first scenes (where Charlie is on the beach and on the lamb from the police) that those scenes must be the high of the movie and as such that the movie will progessively sink from the close of those scenes on. Yet each time I watch the film I am pleasantly refreshed to the fact that the whole film is equally great.

Chaplin is excellent in the film, and his frequent foil in the early movies, Eric Campbell, is also perhaps at his best.

This film is well worth watching (several times).


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