in about 100 words or less
US 70m, B&W, Silent
Director: Charlie Chaplin; Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis, Henry Bergman
Hired by the circus as a “property man” who inadvertently makes audiences laugh, the Tramp is at his comedic best in one of the most commercially successful films of the late silent era. Now one of his lesser-known productions, The Circus is a farce that contains a number of comedic gems, including Chaplin pretending to be an automaton in an effort to evade the police, as well as a particularly dangerous-looking lion cage gag. Meanwhile, at the sentimental heart of this film, Charlie predictably gives up the girl who falls for someone else (Klaus Ming March 2017).