The Kid (1921)

 the kidNumber of Times Seen – 2  (26 Apr 2009 and 12 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The “Tramp” finds an abandoned baby on the street and brings him up as his own.  When social services want to take the child away, the Tramp does all he can to keep him.

My Take on it – When people think of Charlie Chaplin, serious tearjerker films like this are generally not what comes to mind.

This was his first full length movie as director and at a slim 52 minutes it can clearly be classified as short and sweet.

The subject matter is emotional and instead of hysterics, he uses his same signature character to show us emotional attachment that society didn’t quite approve of at the time.

Jackir Coogan as the young boy is funny and emotional too in his own way.

This is widely thought of as being one of Chaplin’s best films.

Bottom Line – Short and sweet. One of Chaplin’s most emotional films that has a bit of his slapstick, but is mostly serious. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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