Chaplin plays an immigrant fleeing Europe on a ship to America. Poor and hungry he rejoices over a coin that he finds, without noticing that it is his own last penny, that fell out through a hole in his pocket. The underdog tries to survive in a hostile world while staying humane.
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Pure genius. Chaplin's persona as the outsider from another time trying to fit in is captured brilliantly in one of his last Mutual shorts, as he navigates the mean streets of new world America near the start of the century. All the sight gags are worthy of viewing but there's much more going on here that will be explored in his later, feature films such as City Lights.
What else is there to say about the genius of Charlie Chaplin? Few in history can match his slapstick visual gags and impeccable timing. It's so very refreshing when any comedy gives laughs upon multiple viewings, let alone one that has been around for so long. Terrific early short from The Tramp himself.
20 minutes of pure cinematic and comic genius. Not one second of filler. I kept thinking what all the immigrants seated in the movie theaters must have felt during this film. Every image, every sight gag, every moment of emotion is perfect, including what can be interpreted as the cinema's first fart joke. Chaplin's comedy was so revolutionary it's still fresh and original today and will be for all time.
A near perfect blend of slapstick and pathos, this is one of Chaplin's best short films. Too bad the numerous takes caused a lot of time and plenty of illness for Purviance since she had to eat so many beans from the many multiple takes.