This compares favorably Charlie Chaplin's 'The Immigrant'. His tramp is not played for laughs, but something much bigger. He's crazy, but his moral sense makes him rise above the others in this film. Compassion. Unlike Chaplin, he can't take money from someone and not feel guilty. It reminded me of 'Pennies from Heaven', where dreams of glory meet the hard reality of his life. Hope is that thing with feathers.