Director: Charles Chaplin
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Production:" " for Charles Chaplin Productions
Director of Photography: Roland H Totheroh
Starring: Charles Chaplin (Tramp), Merna Kennedy (Circus Rider), Henry Bergman (Old Clown), Harry Crocker (Rex the tightrope walker), Allan Garcia (Ringmaster), Stanley "aka Tiny" Sandford (Troupes Foreman), George Davis (Magician), Betty Morrissey (Magicians Assistant), John Rand (Clown), Steve Murphy (Pickpocket).
The tramp gets himself into trouble with the law while visiting the circus. A pickpocket slips his stolen goods into the tramps pocket, the tramp then gets caught with the loot. Being chased by the cops he runs into the main circus act and turns a heckling and bored audience into hysteric’s. He is then hired by the circus’s asshole of a ringmaster and the tramp becomes the circus’s prize act, little does he know it, because he is unconscious of how funny he is. The ringmaster makes sure that the Tramp doesn’t know he’s the one turning out the profits. The tramp falls in love with the ringmaster’s daughter Merna, the circus rider who is physically abused by her tyrant of a father.
I LOVE this movie it’s laugh out loud funny hasn’t dated at all, it’s touching, even suspenseful and makes you remember why Charlie Chaplin is one of the three kings of silent comedy. His blend of tragedy and comedy makes you really connect and sympathize with the lovable tramp; it’s really a wonder why this little beaut is so overshadowed by his other works, too good to miss. I haven't seen that many of his features, The Kid is my favourite of his that I have seen, City Lights is also in there too, and now this. Took me awhile to see his movie's, after my sister brought me a City Lights novelty mug a few christmas's ago I felt obliged to watch it, after all I couldn't have a novelty cup for a movie I hadn't seen, geez that would be what i call madness, I am now thankful for that mug lol thanks Amy. Like I'm glad I'm doing this 1928 series I probably wouldn't of got around to viewing The Circus yet, if I hadn't decided on watching alot of movie's from this great year.
Watching the film you wouldn't know it as its not lacking anything and its rich in everything but Charlie was in personal turmoil, his scandalous divorce was public news, this and troubles with production, the studio actually burnt down and the rest, this all lead up to his nervous breakdown. But still never quitting he evantually released a great picture, with his name on almost every credit, and he got rewarded with an Academy Award, a special one, only ever given once for acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus. And his score is awesome as well, I was toe tapping away, re-released in 1969, Chaplin at 80 years old sings the opening title song which i think is the one that features on the dvd. He was a one man show.