The opening title reads: “A comedy with a smile—and perhaps a tear”. As she leaves the charity hospital and passes a church wedding, Edna deposits her new baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. The limo is stolen by thieves who dump the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and makes a home for him. Five years later Edna has become an opera star but does charity work for slum youngsters in hope of finding her boy. A doctor called by Edna discovers the note with the truth about the Kid and reports it to the authorities who come to take him away from Charlie. Before he arrives at the Orphan Asylum Charlie steals him back and takes him to a flophouse. The proprietor reads of a reward for the Kid and takes him to Edna. Charlie is later awakened by a kind policeman who reunites him with the Kid at Edna’s mansion. –IMDb
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
Remarkably efficient in establishing stakes as a comedy: the incredible bleakness of the opening three minutes highlights not just the importance of human relationships but of the laughter in the rest of the film's jokes. I also wonder if this might not be the earliest cinematic proof that dogs do, in fact, go to heaven.
CLOSE-UP pays tribute to Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid with an examination of its excellent opening sequence.
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“The Kid” may be my favorite Chaplin film. It doesn’t have the depth of his later films but the brilliant timing and trust in the audience to understand subtle cues already infuses Chaplin’s first… read review
Charlie Chaplin “The Kid” is one of my all time favorite films because it takes a serious topic like poverty and adds a level of pathos and comedy that deeply moves me. My partner Mike and I saw this… read review