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The Circus

Placing screen clowns within congenial environments (as with The Marx Brothers at the Circus) is one of the best ways to produce a bummer, but Chaplin manages to work a miracle, exploiting the various circus activities to richly comic effect. Charlie is chased through a hall of mirrors and trapped in a lion's cage the climax comes when he battles along a tightrope hampered by falling trousers and a clinging monkey. The set pieces are linked, none too neatly, by a framing story of disappointed love.

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Duration: 6 mins

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Director: Charles Chaplin
Screenwriter: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charlie Chaplin
Merna Kennedy
Allan Garcia
Harry Crocker
Henry Bergman
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