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The Chaplin Revue

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3 well restored shorts are made in to a feature film for Chaplin fans

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin spun this compilation out of three of his early shorts during his McCarthy-era exile.

Included are 1918’s A Dog’s Life (originally marketed as CC’s “first million-dollar picture”) and Shoulder Arms, plus The Pilgrim from 1923.

Short audio intros and a bespoke score knit together the trio, which have been excellently restored.

Alas, neither the recurring appearance of Chaplin’s Tramp or slapstick giggles can hide the fact this is simpler and less ambitious than the smoother comedy/sentiment blending of his later full-blown classics.

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