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Modern Times (1936)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
... A Gamin
Henry Bergman ... Cafe Proprietor
Tiny Sandford ... Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
... Mechanic
... Burglar
... Gamin's Father
... President of the Electro Steel Corp. (as Allan Garcia)
... Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds ... Minister
... Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
... J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
... Juvenile Officer
... Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
... Cafe Head Waiter
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Storyline

Chaplin's last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital - When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

25 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Masses  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,507, 9 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$163,245, 24 October 2004
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film shares many themes with René Clair's À Nous la Liberté (1931). That film's production company, Tobis Film, sued Charles Chaplin upon the release of Modern Times (1936) to no avail. They tried again after World War II, this time settling with Chaplin out of court. Clair, who was a great admirer of Chaplin, was thoroughly embarrassed by Tobis Film's course of actions. See more »

Goofs

(at around 19 mins) The wire holding the flag on the back of the truck is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

President of the Electro Steel Corp.: [first lines]
President of the Electro Steel Corp.: Section 5, speed her up, 401.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Je cherche après Titine
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Léo Daniderff
Publishers: Bertal-Mouda & Ronn
Performed by Charles Chaplin
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You'll smile though your heart is breaking
31 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Long after most people thought the silent movie had been buried forever, Chaplin brought his "Little Fellow" out of mothballs for one more magnificent motion picture. The Tramp is trapped in a factory, performing mind-numbing repetitive tasks, and finally he goes hilariously berserk. I started laughing the instant I saw the lady in the dress with the buttons. Like "City Lights," this film is a collection of charming vignettes, this time revolving around The Tramp's desire to settle down with gamin Paulette Goddard. From the Tramp's encounter with an assembly-line "feeding machine" to his unsuccessful stints as night watchman and waiter, this movie is packed full of delights. Chaplin never speaks, but he does sing a little. This work of genius can make you smile though your heart is breaking.


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