Shoulder Arms (1944)

Shoulder Arms




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Shoulder Arms was Charlie Chaplin's final contribution to the World War I effort, along with his personal appearances selling Liberty Bonds and his film The Bond. It was released shortly before the end of the war, and Chaplin made prints available to soldiers fighting overseas, for which he was lauded for cheering the severely tested troops. Charlie is a member of the "Awkward Squad" and we first see him being put through his paces in training camp. He has problems with making a proper … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin Productions


as French Girl

as Sergeant/The Kaiser

as German Crown Prince

as Short German Officer

as von Hindenburg

as US Soldier

as Training Camp Sergea...

as US Soldier
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Although it's been a long time since 1918, there are still lessons to be learned from Shoulder Arms.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010

Charlie gives his version of a recruit's absurd life.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008
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Whether you served in the military or just learned to march in high school band, you'll appreciate the opening gags in boot camp with new recruit Charlie. The next thing Charlie knows, he's heading to the front lines of WWI "Over There." From a flooding bunk room off of the trenches, to waiting for presents from home, and engaging with the German enemy Charlie must mature as a soldier quickly. Loyal Underwood as the short German officer is blustery and funny. And like Sergeant York, Doughboy Charlie somehow manages to single-handedly surround a troop of Germans. Chaplin's brother and Purviance join him again in a later plot to capture someone higher up in the German command. Charlie becomes a supremely confidant soldier, but is it only wishful thinking.

Byron Brubaker

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The "Little Tramp" wardrobe is missing from this one, as soldier Charlie becomes an unlikely World War I hero. The funniest sequences involve struggling to sleep in a flooded barracks and spying on the Germans via a tree disguise.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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A mildly amusing, yet ultimately forgetful early film from the master of comedy, Charlie Chaplin. Sadly, Charlie's not on his A-game in this one. Most of the gags were uncreative and uninspired. However, no matter how mediocre it is, I can't bring myself to fail anything from Chaplin. He's as charming as usual, but it's the rest of the film falls flat. If you want great Chaplin, watch City Lights or Modern Times!

Brandon Williamson

Super Reviewer

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