A Dog's Life (1918)

A Dog's Life


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A Dog's Life was Charlie Chaplin's initial release for First National Studios, and also his first three-reeler. Chaplin plays a tramp (duh!), who shambles around the cold, cruel world with his dog Scraps. Unable to land a job, Charlie and Scraps cadge a meal from lunchwagon proprietor Syd Chaplin (Charlie's brother). Things take a turn for the better when Charlie befriends down-and-out singer Edna Purviance. After routing a gang of crooks, Charlie and Edna head down the road "Where Dreams Come … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Charles Chaplin
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as Bar Singer

as Lunch Wagon Owner

as Policeman

as Unemployed Man

as Unemployed Man

as Dance Hall Man

as Unemployed Man

as Dance Hall Lady/Empl...

as Lunch Wagon Owner
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Critic Reviews for A Dog's Life

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It was the first film to make $1 million.

Full Review… | December 5, 2010
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Audience Reviews for A Dog's Life

Chaplin delivers a very inspired and hilarious 3-reel silent, with one classic scene after another - and the one where he tries to get his money back in the ballroom is the funniest.

Carlos Magalh„es

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Charlie and the dog Scraps live similar lives on the streets. There are some laugh out loud slapstick routines, but by and large it didn't tug at my heartstrings as much. Do you find Chaplin co-starring with a kid or a dog more pathetic? The dog seems sadly anesthetized in several scenes. Chaplin's brother Syd appears as a lunchwagon owner in a great scene. Edna Purviance is a naive singer at the bar where all the poor immigrants hang out. She sings sad songs and is incredibly awkward trying to flirt with the Tramp. Eventually, the Tramp and Scraps find cash in a wallet stolen by a pair of thieves, then the thieves steal it back. The best bit is when our hero knocks out one thief and thrusts his arms under the thief's armpits to act out a scene that will convince the other thief to give up the money. I enjoy the fact that very few title cards are necessary when Chaplin is telling a story.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Another humorous, if not forgetable, Chaplin film,

Dillon Lupky
Dillon Lupky

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