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The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 1925 (Germany)
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director:

Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... The Lone Prospector
Mack Swain ... Big Jim McKay
Tom Murray Tom Murray ... Black Larsen
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Hank Curtis
Malcolm Waite Malcolm Waite ... Jack Cameron
Georgia Hale ... Georgia
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Storyline

A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm. Written by John J. Magee <magee@helix.mgh.harvard.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1925 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La quimera del oro See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$923,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,450,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (1942 re-release) | (edited) | (1925 reconstructed)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System) (1942 re-issue)| Silent (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The roll dance is one of the most famous sequences in the film although Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle had done something similar in the film The Rough House (1917). See more »

Goofs

When Big Jim is so delirious that he thinks The Lone Prospector is a chicken, The Lone Prospector removes a knife from the table and hides it in the bed. In one of the next shots, the knife is back on the table. Then in the next shot it is gone again. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Three days from anywhere. A Lone Prospector.
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Alternate Versions

2003 DVD release primarily spotlights the 1942 sound version, with one of the silent versions as a bonus feature. See more »

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Chaplin's best--what a film!
28 April 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've seen both version of this film--the original silent version from 1925 and the re-release by Chaplin in the 1940s. The difference is that the re-release was designed to appeal to a new audience that expected sound from their movies. To do this, title cards were removed--having Chaplin narrate the film. In addition, Chaplin-created music (for the most part--some were classical pieces), sound effects and singing were added to make the movie more palatable to the average viewer. I personally like BOTH versions and the one you watch is up to you if you get a copy of the Warner Brothers release on DVD--it has both plus excellent DVD extras. Otherwise, there have been a lot of public domain versions on video out there--many with terrible quality prints or music or both. The Warner version is the most pristine and beautiful silent print you can find. The version usually shown on Turner Classic movies is the 1942 re-release.

I use this film for my American history class when we do our unit on the history of film, though I might, in the future, use it for my Psychology classes as well (I teach both) because Chaplin's genius came from his obsessive-compulsive nature. The movie reportedly had 27 times more film exposed than you actually see in the film and the shoe eating segment was shot after more than 60 takes!!

The plot involves Charlie going to Alaska for the Gold Rush at the turn of the century. Along the way, he has a series of misadventures that have been thoroughly discussed in the other reviews here on IMDb. Suffice to say, the supporting acting was excellent and the story kept an excellent pace and had enough slapstick to make it fun to watch (something not true of all full-length slapstick comedies--sometimes, their pacing was negatively affected by the transition from shorts to full-length).

This is a gorgeous, well-executed piece of American art and a must for any real cinemaniac. The musical score (arranged by Chaplin), direction, acting and cinematography all are simply perfect--making this, in my opinion, the best full-length silent comedy ever made. This is saying a lot considering how much I love Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton's films!


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