The Kid

Film, Comedy
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'A picture with a smile and perhaps a tear' says the opening title of Chaplin's first feature. There's no perhaps about it, what with Charlie struggling to nurture a cast-off illegitimate child in the face of unfeeling cops, doctors and orphanage workers. As always, Chaplin's opulent Victorian sentimentality is made palatable both by the amazing grace of his pantomimic skills and the balancing presence of harsh reality: the drama and the intertwining gags are played out amongst garbage, flophouses, a slum world depicted with Stroheim-like detail. As for the smiles, they're guaranteed too, although the gags don't coalesce into great sequences the way they do in later features.

By: GB

Release details

Rated: U
Duration: 5 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Charles Chaplin
Screenwriter: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Jackie Coogan
Carl Miller
Tom Wilson
Henry Bergman
Lita Grey
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