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The Pilgrim (1923)

The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.

Director:

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Pilgrim / Lefty Lombard
Edna Purviance ... The Girl
Syd Chaplin ... Eloper / Train Conductor / Little Boy's Father (as Sydney Chaplin)
Mai Wells Mai Wells ... Little Boy's Mother (as ?)
Dean Riesner ... Little Boy (as Dinky Reisner)
Charles Reisner ... Crook (as Chuck Reisner)
Tom Murray ... Sheriff Bryan
Kitty Bradbury Kitty Bradbury ... Girl's Mother
Mack Swain ... Deacon Jones
Loyal Underwood ... Small Deacon
Henry Bergman ... Sheriff on Train / Man In Railroad Station
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Storyline

When Charlie escapes from prison he dons a preacher's clothes. By mistake he becomes the new minister for the town of Devil's Gulch. Later, discovered as the convict, the sheriff takes Charlie to the Mexican border where he can choose to return, a convict, or face Mexican bandits at war with each other. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пилигрим See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$280,171
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(re-release) (1950s) | (TCM print) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (1959 re-issue)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film in which Charles Chaplin co-starred with Edna Purviance. Chaplin would direct and have a cameo in her next film, A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) and produce her lost film, A Woman of the Sea (1926), and she would have cameos in his later films Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Limelight (1952), but this was their last major acting work together. See more »

Goofs

The amount and pattern of icing on the hat changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Crook: I missed my train.
Girl's Mother: Then you must stay for the night. I'll get some light.
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Connections

Edited into The Chaplin Revue (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Bound for Texas
(1971)
Words and Music by Charles Chaplin
Sung by Matt Monro
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Some Funny Moments With A Few Observations on Human Nature
21 September 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This short comedy has some funny moments and a few observations about human nature thrown in. It is one of Chaplin's more popular shorts, due to the good slapstick sequences, even though it might not have as much substance as some of his other features.

At the beginning, Charlie gets mistaken for a town's new preacher, and starting with that, he finds himself in some increasingly complicated situations. There are some good gags and some funny moments that arise as "The Pilgrim" tries to figure out what is expected of him, and tries to fit in.

Edna Purviance is engaging as usual, and Syd Chaplin gets a chance to show his versatility, so both of them add something. A few of the scenes are drawn out a little too long, but in general it's a pretty good feature that most Chaplin fans will enjoy.


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