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A Dog's Life

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1918
  • Charles Chaplin
  • 34 mins

Summary

Classic silent comedy directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, telling the story of a tramp who finds happiness by befriending a stray mongrel. With Edna Purviance and Henry Bergman.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Fresh from signing cinema's first million-dollar contract, Charlie Chaplin embarked on bringing a little sophistication to the frantic slapstick style that Mack Sennett had devised at Keystone. However, his debut three-reeler is an inconsistent affair, with cloying sentimentality debasing the moments of acute social critique and inspired hilarity. What does emerge, however, is the Tramp's indefatigability, as he and an abandoned mongrel named Scraps first set about stealing sausages from Syd Chaplin's lunch wagon and then confounding the crooks intent on retrieving the buried loot that Charlie needs to deliver Edna Purviance from her dance-hall misery. It's not vintage, but it's amusing nonetheless.

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Cast

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TrampCharles Chaplin
Bar singerEdna Purviance
Employment agency clerkCharles Reisner
Dance hall ladyHenry Bergman
CrookAlbert Austin
Lunch wagon ownerSyd Chaplin

Crew

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DirectorCharles Chaplin

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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