The Immigrant

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En route by boat from an unnamed country, immigrant Charlie Chaplin tries to make the best of the rough seas. He befriends fellow emigre Edna Purviance and her ailing mother. Months pass: Chaplin meets Purviance in a restaurant. Quickly ascertaining that her mother has died, Chaplin appoints himself Purviance's protector.


Charles Chaplin
as Immigrant
Edna Purviance
as Immigrant
Eric Campbell
as Head Waiter
Henry Bergman
as The Artist
Frank J. Coleman
as Ship's Officer and Restaurant Owner
Ernest Joy
as Walton's Partner
James T. Kelly
as Shabby man in Restaurant
Gertrude Keller
as Walton's Housekeeper
John Rand
as Tipsy Man Who Cannot Pay
Thomas Meighan
as David Harding
Stanley Sandford
as Gambler on Ship
Theodore Roberts
as J.J. Walton
Loyal Underwood
as Small Immigrant
Stanley "Tiny" Sandford
as Gambler on Ship
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Critic Reviews for The Immigrant

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Audience Reviews for The Immigrant

  • Feb 19, 2017
    The Immigrant is a cute little silent short about the Tramp helping an immigrant girl on their way to America. The slapsticks actually made me laugh, the story is cute and the characters were just the finest for a silent comedy. It's a flawless little gem.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    I saw a version that had some sound effects attached, but they weren't synched to the video very well. Despite that flaw of low budget digitization, the laughs and strong characters still come through. Chaplin's Little Tramp is one immigrant among many making the journey to the land of opportunity. A girl, the lovely Edna Purviance, and her mother are robbed by a cards playing cheater (Sandford). The Tramp helps out and is, as usual, the perfect gentleman. The dinner on the rolling ship is a great bit of slapstick. In America the immigrants all have to face being poor. Our Tramp thinks he has a coin good for a hot meal. So, again we are treated to clowning and pratfalls around the equalizer of food. The Head Waiter (Campbell) is an irritated stuck-up bully. Chaplin reunites with the girl and plays nonchalant. He sees what happens to customers who don't pay and some of the best gags involve Chaplin rapidly shifting between this false calm and real anxiety. Can he make it out alive and get the girl?
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2012
    One of the most entertaining of Chaplin's short silents, very funny and delightful, and the scene in the restaurant is non-stop laughs.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2011
    A great two-reeler from Chaplin that has all his trademarks throughout it's short 25 minute length; slapstick timed flawlessly, a simple story and above all a heartfelt and sincere character who against all odds overcomes and prevails. "The Immigrant" was a great addition to Criterion's Blu-ray release of Louise Malle's "Au revoir les enfants" as it was featured in the film and was appreciated by Malle. I love finding and especially owning any and all Chaplin and to find this short sitting on a Blu-ray of another film was amazing and appreciated! I ended up going through all of my Criterion titles and discovered 29 short films and 2 feature length films as supplements that I hadn't viewed or really explored at all. This is a great and funny film that uses very little but Chaplin's genius is enough to make a simple story working with very little and make it a solid work. This, like all his work, is a great short and both funny and heartfelt!
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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