The Pilgrim (1923)

46 mins | Comedy | 1923

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HISTORY

The film was given an unannounced preview screening in Los Angeles, CA, in early Nov 1922, and trade papers were quick to report on Chaplin’s latest project. An 8 Nov 1922 FD news brief noted that the distributor, Associated First National Pictures, had not announced an official release date, because they had yet to receive a print of the picture, while the 25 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Herald observed that the title had been switched from At Large to The Pilgrim. On 8 Feb 1923, Var indicated that The Pilgrim would be released 26 Feb 1923, but only “in certain territories.” At forty-six minutes in length, the picture is shorter than most of Chaplin’s other feature films. However, in the 2003 monograph, Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema, film historian Jeffrey Vance declared that The Pilgrim is “one of Chaplin’s richest—and most ... More Less

The film was given an unannounced preview screening in Los Angeles, CA, in early Nov 1922, and trade papers were quick to report on Chaplin’s latest project. An 8 Nov 1922 FD news brief noted that the distributor, Associated First National Pictures, had not announced an official release date, because they had yet to receive a print of the picture, while the 25 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Herald observed that the title had been switched from At Large to The Pilgrim. On 8 Feb 1923, Var indicated that The Pilgrim would be released 26 Feb 1923, but only “in certain territories.” At forty-six minutes in length, the picture is shorter than most of Chaplin’s other feature films. However, in the 2003 monograph, Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema, film historian Jeffrey Vance declared that The Pilgrim is “one of Chaplin’s richest—and most neglected—films.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
25 Nov 1922
p. 38.
Film Daily
8 Nov 1922.
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Film Daily
19 Nov 1922
p. 3.
New York Times
26 Feb 1923
p. 15.
Variety
8 Feb 1923
p. 46.
Variety
1 Mar 1923
p. 32.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
At Large
Release Date:
1923
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 25 February 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Charlie Chaplin Film Co.
Copyright Date:
24 January 1923
Copyright Number:
LP18607
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
46
Length(in feet):
4,300
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

"The Pilgrim," an escaped convict, steals a minister's clothes and accepts a position in a Texas church. A pantomimed sermon on David and Goliath is one of the amusing situations that ensue. The Pilgrim's true identity is revealed when he tries to recover from a crook friend some money stolen from The Pilgrim's landlady, but the sheriff turns him loose at the Mexican ... +


"The Pilgrim," an escaped convict, steals a minister's clothes and accepts a position in a Texas church. A pantomimed sermon on David and Goliath is one of the amusing situations that ensue. The Pilgrim's true identity is revealed when he tries to recover from a crook friend some money stolen from The Pilgrim's landlady, but the sheriff turns him loose at the Mexican border. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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