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The Immigrant (1917)





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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.

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Charles Chaplin
as Immigrant
Edna Purviance
as Immigrant
Eric Campbell
as Head Waiter
Henry Bergman
as The Artist
Ernest Joy
as Walton's Partner
Frank J. Coleman
as Ship's Officer and Restaurant Owner
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
Theodore Roberts
as J.J. Walton
Stanley Sandford
as Gambler on Ship
Loyal Underwood
as Small Immigrant
Stanley "Tiny" Sandford
as Gambler on Ship
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Critic Reviews for The Immigrant

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The $670,000 a year funnyman is still 'there'. The extremely limited number of titles speaks volumes for the pantomimic art of the comedian.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

As a dramatization of the immigration experience, the movie is hardly lighthearted - especially considering Chaplin's reputation as a sentimentalist.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It appealed largely to Charlie's urban working class audience.

November 20, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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?

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Charlie Chaplin made this slient film so emotionally and funny.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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