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The Immigrant

The two-reeler opens up showing Charlie leaning over the [boat's] rail apparently seasick. It develops he is fishing and lands a one-pounder in mid-ocean. Then he is seen shooting craps and going through all the gyrations of a baseball pitcher every time he 'shoots the bones'. The rocking and pitching of the vessel furnish unlimited opportunity for his style of comedy.

Cast:
Charles Chaplin Eric Campbell Edna Purviance Henry Bergman Albert Austin

The two-reeler opens up showing Charlie leaning over the [boat’s] rail apparently seasick. It develops he is fishing and lands a one-pounder in mid-ocean. Then he is seen shooting craps and going through all the gyrations of a baseball pitcher every time he ‘shoots the bones’. The rocking and pitching of the vessel furnish unlimited opportunity for his style of comedy.

There is a little heart-interest story, when he befriends a young girl and her mother who have been robbed of their small hoard. Later – all too soon, however – he is seen in New York, broke. He spies a quarter on the street and enters a restaurant to eat. There he meets the girl he befriended on shipboard. She is also down and out, her mother having died.

The $670,000 a year funnyman is still ‘there’. The extremely limited number of titles speaks volumes for the pantomimic art of the comedian.

The Immigrant

Production: Mutual. Director Charles Chaplin; Screenplay Charles Chaplin; Camera William C. Foster, Rollie Totheroh

Crew: Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1917. Running time: 30 MIN.

With: Charles Chaplin Eric Campbell Edna Purviance Henry Bergman Albert Austin

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