in about 100 words or less
US 32m, B&W, Silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon, Leo White, Bud Jamison, Ernest Van Pelt, Paddy McGuire, Billy Armstrong
The Tramp is considered the first film in which Chaplin consolidates his iconic persona, bringing together slapstick comedy and pathos, and marking a more subtle style of comedy that would become his trademark. As a kindhearted gesture, he is taken in by a farm girl and offered employment as a laborer. The Tramp’s inept attempts at “milking” the cow and helping out around the farm are the basis for much of the film’s comedic elements. It is, however, Charlie’s secret love for the farmer’s daughter which is the heart of this little gem of a film (Klaus Ming February 2016).