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The Chaplin Revue (1959)

G | | Comedy | 1 September 1959 (UK)
Three Chaplin silent comedies "A Dog's Life", "Shoulder Arms", and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film. Chaplin provides new music, narration, and a small... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin

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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Narrator / Various (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Various (archive footage)
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Various (archive footage)
Syd Chaplin ... Various (archive footage)
Edna Purviance ... Various (archive footage)
Mack Swain ... Various (archive footage)
Loyal Underwood ... Various (archive footage)
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Three Chaplin silent comedies "A Dog's Life", "Shoulder Arms", and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film. Chaplin provides new music, narration, and a small amount of new connecting material. "Shoulder Arms" is now described as taking place in a time before "the atom bomb". Written by David Steele

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

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English

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1 September 1959 (UK) See more »

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The Chaplin Review See more »

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Roy Export Company See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

To achieve the feel of a modern print, Charles Chaplin stretch-printed the footage, which slowed it down to sound speed so music could be added properly. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: There were no atomic bombs or guided missiles. Then it was only cannon, bayonets and poisoned gas. Ha ha. Those were the good old days.
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Alternate Versions

The three films included in THE CHAPLIN REVUE were released seperately and in their entirety on DVD. An extended version of the opening introduction (footage taken from the unfinished HOW TO MAKE MOVIES) is included on the FIRST NATIONAL COLLECTION DVD as an extra feature. See more »


Soundtracks

I'm Bound for Texas
Written by Charles Chaplin
Sung by Matt Monro
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A Great Opportunity to See Three Classic Comedies
21 September 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The "Chaplin Revue" is a re-edited version of three of Chaplin's classic silent comedies, spliced around some brief but interesting comments by Chaplin himself. It is a great opportunity to see three of his classic short features that are otherwise hard to find. They have a slightly different feel from the original versions, in that the pace is a bit slower, and there is new music. But it's still the same Charlie Chaplin slapstick plus worthwhile observations on humanity.

"Shoulder Arms" is the best of the three, ranking among the finest of all of Chaplin's pictures, and is a nearly flawless feature. The other two are very good as well. "A Dog's Life" features a very nice balance between slapstick humor and sympathetic characters, and "The Pilgrim" features some of Chaplin's favorite themes of identity mix-ups and interplay between different social classes.

The "Revue" is well worth seeing, either for Chaplin fans or for anyone looking for an introduction to some of his shorter, less famous works.


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