Chaplin plays an escaped convict who steals a minister’s clothes to get out of his prison uniform. He ends up in a small town mistaken for a parson, and accepts a position at the local church. The Pilgrim’s true identity is revealed when he tries to get a fellow crook to return money the crook stole from the Pilgrim’s landlady. But rather than incarcerate the Pilgrim, the sheriff releases him at the Mexican border.
The film marks the last time Edna Purviance would co-star with Chaplin and the last film he made for First National. It is also noted as the first film for Charles Riesner, who became a screenwriter in his later years. In 1959, Chaplin included The Pilgrim as one of three films comprising The Chaplin Revue. Slightly re-edited and fully re-scored, the film contained a song, “I’m Bound For Texas”, words and music written by Chaplin, sung by Matt Monroe. —Wikipedia
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