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Actors: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale

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Gold has been found in the coldness of the Klondike and many people go up to the mountains to find gold and become millionaires. One of them is the Lone Prospector who travels through the mountain tops in search for gold. Meanwhile Big Jim finds a piece of gold in a mountain, but a strong wind starts to blow and he finds himself in a cabin with a big brute called Black Larson. The same wind blows the Lone Prospector into the same cabin. Soon, there is no more food in the cabin so they all draw straws to see who goes out to search for food. Black Larson gets the smallest straw and off he goes. The Lone Prospector decides to cook his shoe and the two eat it, but they continue being hungry and soon Big Jim hallucinates and thinks that he is a chicken. The Lone Prospector runs away from him, but then sees a bear which he proceeds to shoot. The weather calms down and the two set off on different paths. Big Jim finds the gold he found earlier, which just happens to be found by Black Larson who then gives Jim amnesia and then falls to his demise. Big Jim is left to wander the Klondike alone. The Lone Prospector arrives in a small nearby town where he falls in love with a famous model. However, a man who thinks that he is her boyfriend attempts to stop the Lone Prospector from marrying her.
The review of this Movie prepared by Estefan Ellison



Along with Keaton's "The General," this 1925 film is one of the enduring epics of the silent era. Chaplin's tramp heads for the Yukon territory to seek his fortune in the Alaska gold rush just before the turn of the 20th century. Mack Swain is his prospecting partner, Georgia Hale plays a dance hall girl who catches his fancy, and Tom Murray is Black Larson, his romantic rival. There are many classic comic sequences: the cabin hanging over the edge of a cliff, the "Oceana Roll" (a dance routine with forks stuck in a pair of bread buns), and the awesome boot-eating scene (which took 3 days and 63 takes to shoot; the boot was actually made of licorice and the star was taken to the hospital afterward suffering from insulin shock). Chaplin wrote, produced, directed, edited, and starred in the film, for which he shot 27 times as much footage as what finally appeared on screen. He also composed an original musical score added in 1942 (with a little help from Rimsky-Korsakov and Wagner).
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Comedy or Parody about    -   physical comedy How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Alaska The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Ice Caps?    -   Yes Where?    -   North Pole Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   falling off Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15

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