Charlie, dressed as a tramp for the first time, goes to a baby-cart race in Venice, California. He causes a great deal of trouble and confusion, both on off the track. He succeeds in irritating both the participants and the public.
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Interesting meta gags but unfortunately is very repetitive in turns of it's humor. But worth seeing for sure as it is such as essential part of cinema history. Chaplin's humor would later become 100 times more refined and methodical and genius later on.
As Chapin's first released film as The Tramp, it's genius not only lies in his performance as a curious camera-hog but the real audience who witness this odd character. At first they don't know what to think but before the end they smile and laugh, not knowing this tramp will soon be the most famous icon in entertainment.
Chaplin makes some incredibly nasty faces here and exudes vanity and resentment as he tries to hog the camera. Really, the character he portrays here anticipates the titular one in The Great Dictator more than it does The Little Tramp. His heelish interference with the real life race also foreshadows the work of Sacha Baron Cohen. A really interesting artifact.