This two reeler standout from Chaplin’s Mutual days finds Charlie as an poor immigrant on a ship to America. On board he endures rough seas and befriends fellow emigree Edna Purviance. Time passes and the impoverished Charlie is reunited with Edna at a restaurant. The Immigrant is one of Chaplin’s best shorts and combines hilarity with an underlining sense of poignancy and social commentary. –Christopher Langford
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular “Little Tramp” character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 26th, 1889 to Charles and Hannah (Hill) Chaplin, both music hall performers, who were married on June 22nd, 1885. After Charles Sr. separated from Hannah to perform in New York City, Hannah then tried to resurrect her stage career. Unfortunately, her singing voice had a tendency to break at unexpected moments. When this happened, the stage manager spotted young Charlie standing in the wings and led him on stage, where five-year-old Charlie began to sing a popular tune. Charlie and his half-brother, Syd Chaplin (born Sydney Hawkes), spent their lives in and out… read more
A lovely short from Chaplin, one of the best he made under his contract with Mutual. His ability as a director was usually considered to be inferior to his genius in front of the camera but this film shows him handling his material with considerable skill. Wonderfully economical, employing at most four sets, Charlie keeps the sentiment controlled as his Tramp character meets and falls in love with a fellow traveller.