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The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 13 July 1925 (Brazil)
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director:

Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Lone Prospector
Mack Swain ... Big Jim McKay
Tom Murray ... Black Larsen
Henry Bergman ... Hank Curtis
Malcolm Waite Malcolm Waite ... Jack Cameron
Georgia Hale ... Georgia
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Storyline

A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm. Written by John J. Magee <magee@helix.mgh.harvard.edu>

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"The Picture I Want to Be Remembered by." -Charlie Chaplin. (Print Ad- Calgary Daily Herald, ((Calgary, Alta.)) 30 December 1925)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1925 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gold Rush See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$923,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,916
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (1942 re-release) | (edited) | (1925 reconstructed)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System) (1942 re-issue)| Silent (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The fifth highest grossing silent film in history. Only four other silent films rank higher in box office revenues: The Birth of a Nation (1915), The Big Parade (1925), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), and Way Down East (1920). See more »

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In the dancing scene with Georgia and the Lone Propector at first you see him holding the cane straight and trying to keep his trousers up with his right hand. After the scene change he is holding it upside down and he uses the bend part of the cane to keep his trousers up. See more »

Quotes

Big Jim McKay: [to the manicurist] No, no, not the nails - the corns.
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Alternate Versions

There is a 1942 re-issue version, prepared by Chaplin himself, which uses his own narration, music score, and editing (running time: 72 minutes). This version is the only one which has its copyright owned by the Chaplin Film company. Many scenes of the 1942 version derived from an alternate camera that was shooting simultaneously. This explains some of the very slight differences in camera angle, although Chaplin also deleted some footage in order to tighten the pacing (such as Big Jim and the Tramp's near-encounter in the Gold Rush town and the shot of a woman comforting another woman during the singing of "Auld Lang Syne". See more »

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Little Tramp makes good
30 March 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Charlie Chaplin's silent film (also re-released with a narration in the early 1940s) focuses, as usual, on the Little Tramp, and in this case, his attraction to a chorus girl (Georgia Hale). This is the one where he eats a boot, along with its laces, and manages to make it appear a sumptuous meal; as well as creating a dance with bread rolls.

The role of the girl was originally intended for the second Mrs Chaplin, Lita Grey, but her pregnancy ruled her out. Georgia Hale is excellent in her disdain of the unwanted Tramp attentions. Mack Swain appears as Big Jim, who shares a cabin with the Tramp, at one point getting so hungry he imagines his pal as a chicken ready to eat! This film has the spirit of the pioneers and gold-runners, as well as the inimitable spirit of the little hero. As a silent it is one of the best comedies of the time, as a sound film, it is fairly good.


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