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From the movie, Modern Times, 1936 and still at No. 41 on IMDBs top 250 movies of all time.

Modern Times (1936)

  -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 February 1936 (USA)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.
Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Chaplin...
A Factory Worker (as Charlie Chaplin)
Paulette Goddard...
Henry Bergman...
Tiny Sandford...
Big Bill (as Stanley Sandford)
Chester Conklin...
Hank Mann...
Stanley Blystone...
Al Ernest Garcia...
Richard Alexander...
Prison Cellmate (as Dick Alexander)
Cecil Reynolds...
Mira McKinney...
Minister's Wife (as Myra McKinney)
Murdock MacQuarrie...
J. Widdecombe Billows (as Murdoch McQuarrie)
Wilfred Lucas...
Edward LeSaint...
Sheriff Couler (as Ed Le Sainte)
Fred Malatesta...
Cafe Head Waiter
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Storyline

Chaplins 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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Plot Keywords:

 machine | tramp | factory | police | jail | See more »

Taglines:

 You'll never laugh as long and as loud again as long as you live! The laughs come so fast and so furious you'll wish it would end before you collapse! See more »

Genres:

 Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

 G | See all certifications »

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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:

 $11,507 (USA) (9 January 2004)

Gross:

 $163,245 (USA) (22 October 2004)
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Sound Mix:

  (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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Aspect Ratio:

 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

After a brick hits the police officer all the officers go over to the tramp. The gate he is in front of is open at first with a wheelbarrow in the gate opening. This position of the gate and wheelbarrow occur for two or so scenes. In the last scene the gate is suddenly closed and the wheelbarrow has been moved to outside of the gate. See more »

Quotes

[Listening to a phonograph record]
The Mechanical Salesman: Good morning, my friends. This record comes to you through the Sales Talk Transcription Company, Incorporated: your speaker, the Mechanical Salesman. May I take the pleasure of introducing Mr. J. Widdecombe Billows, the inventor of the Billows Feeding Machine, a practical device which automatically feeds your men while at work? Don't stop for lunch: be ahead of your competitor. The Billows Feeding Machine will eliminate the lunch hour, increase your production,...
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Connections

Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
(uncredited)
Music from the traditional folk song "Revive Us Again"
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