The Immigrant (1917)
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as Head Waiter
as The Artist
as A Diner
as Walton's Partner
as Ship's Officer and Restaurant Owner
as Shabby man in Restaurant
as Walton's Housekeeper
as David Harding
as Tipsy Man Who Cannot Pay
as J.J. Walton
as Gambler on Ship
as Small Immigrant
as Gambler on Ship
Critic Reviews for The Immigrant
As a dramatization of the immigration experience, the movie is hardly lighthearted - especially considering Chaplin's reputation as a sentimentalist.
Audience Reviews for The Immigrant
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?
One of the most entertaining of Chaplin's short silents, very funny and delightful, and the scene in the restaurant is non-stop laughs.
Charlie Chaplin made this slient film so emotionally and funny.
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