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The Vagabond
Also known as Le clochard and Le troubadour au violin in Belgium; O Vagabundo in Brazil; Charlot musicien in Canada; Vaeltaja in Finland; Charlot musicien and Le vagabond in France; Chaplin musikanttina in Finland; Der Vagabund in Germany; Il vagabondo in Italy; Charlot, bohemio, Charlot, Músico ambulante, Charlot, músico and El vagabundo in Spain; Vagabonden and Vagabondprinsen in Sweden; Gipsy Life in the USA
(1916) American
B&W : Two reels
Directed by Charles Chaplin

Cast: Charles Chaplin [the saloon violinist], Edna Purviance [the gypsy drudge], Eric Campbell [the gypsy chief], Charlotte Mineau [the drudge’s lost mother]; Lloyd Bacon [the artist], Leo White [the saloon mooch; and the gypsy hag], John Rand [the cornetist and musicians’ leader; and the gypsy man clubbed twice on the the footbridge], Albert Austin [the valve trombone musician], James T. Kelley [the tuba musician], Frank J. Coleman [the clarinet musician; and the third gypsy man clubbed from the tree], [?] ? [the bass drum musician], [?] ? [the first bar fly], [?] ? [the bartender], [?] ? [the mother’s companion]

Lone Star Corporation production; distributed by Mutual Film Corporation. / Produced by Charles Chaplin [?] + [Henry P. Caulfield]? Scenario by Charles Chaplin [?] and Vincent Bryan + [Maverick Terrell]? Property master, George Cleethorpe. Technical direction by Ed Brewer. Cinematography by R.H. Totheroh (Roland H. Totheroh) and W.C. Foster (William C. Foster) [?] + [Frank D. Williams]? Editorial supervision by Charles Chaplin. / Released 10 July 1916. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot in the Lone Star Studio in Hollywood, California, and on location. The third of Chaplin’s Mutual contract films. The film was released in Spain on 11 March 1918. The film was rereleased in the USA on 28 December 1919. The film was rereleased in Spain on 5 March 1920. The film was rereleased in the USA by Chaplin Classics, Incorporated, circa 1922. The film was released in Finland on 22 November 1925. Cast attributions for Henry Bergman appear to be in error.


Survival status: Prints exist [35mm positive]; and in private collections [16mm reduction positives, 8mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Gypsies - Musical instruments: Violins - USA: California

Listing updated: 26 September 2011.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Bardèche-History pp. 120, 121, 122-123, 124; Bohn-Light p. 70; Brownlow-Parade p. 341; FilmDaily-1923 p. 198; Jacobs-Chaplin pp. 50a, 136; Kerr-Silent pp. 86-88, 95, 162 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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