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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

Charles Chaplin claimed he got the idea for the film when he saw pictures of gigantic lines of prospectors heading up to the Alaskan gold fields. See more »

Goofs

When the Tramp is looking at his paper "compass" the wide shots show him wearing gloves, but the close-ups of his hands show that he's not wearing gloves. See more »

Quotes

Big Jim McKay: [to the manicurist] No, no, not the nails - the corns.
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Alternate Versions

There is a 1942 re-issue version, prepared by Chaplin himself, which uses his own narration, music score, and editing (running time: 72 minutes). This version is the only one which has its copyright owned by the Chaplin Film company. Many scenes of the 1942 version derived from an alternate camera that was shooting simultaneously. This explains some of the very slight differences in camera angle, although Chaplin also deleted some footage in order to tighten the pacing (such as Big Jim and the Tramp's near-encounter in the Gold Rush town and the shot of a woman comforting another woman during the singing of "Auld Lang Syne". See more »

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You don't need sound to make a great film.
5 April 2006 | by nnnn45089191See all my reviews

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"The Gold Rush" is perhaps one of the best silent movies I have ever seen.Although it takes a bit to get used to silent movie language you'll be rewarded with a marvelous,funny and poignant movie.Some of the scenes are hilarious and some really touches your heartstrings. Chaplin as performer gives one of his best performances in this movie. There are plenty of great scenes:Chaplin and Mack Swain in the cabin,crazy with hunger and cabin fever,the touching New Year's Eve party and finally the hilarious finale with the cabin out on the edge of a cliff.The later version which was released with added narration and music wasn't as good as the original,but easier for modern audiences to watch.


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