The Circus (1928)

70 mins | Comedy | 7 January 1928

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HISTORY

For his work on this film, Charles Chaplin received a Special Academy Award--"for acting, writing, directing and producing"--as part of the first Academy Awards presentation. The Circus was reissued in 1969 by United Artists, featuring music and a theme song, "Swing Little Girl," written and performed by Charles Chaplin.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD. ...

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For his work on this film, Charles Chaplin received a Special Academy Award--"for acting, writing, directing and producing"--as part of the first Academy Awards presentation. The Circus was reissued in 1969 by United Artists, featuring music and a theme song, "Swing Little Girl," written and performed by Charles Chaplin.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1928 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World and Moving Picture World
3 Mar 1928
p. 49
Film Daily
22 Jan 1928
p. 6
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8
New York Times
9 Jan 1928
p. 20
The Film Spectator
10 Dec 1927
pp. 7-8
The Nation
29 Feb 1928
pp. 247-48
Variety
11 Jan 1928
p. 16
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 January 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 Jan 1928
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Charlie Chaplin
6 January 1928
LP24830
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,400
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman and falls in love with the circus owner's daughter. Unaware of Charlie's affection, the girl falls in love with a handsome young performer. Charlie's versatility makes him star of the show when he substitutes for an ailing tightwire walker. He is discharged from the company when he protects the girl from her father's abuse, but he returns and appeals to the handsome performer to marry the girl. After the wedding the father prevails upon them to rejoin the circus. Charlie is hired again, but he stays behind when the caravan moves ...

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Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman and falls in love with the circus owner's daughter. Unaware of Charlie's affection, the girl falls in love with a handsome young performer. Charlie's versatility makes him star of the show when he substitutes for an ailing tightwire walker. He is discharged from the company when he protects the girl from her father's abuse, but he returns and appeals to the handsome performer to marry the girl. After the wedding the father prevails upon them to rejoin the circus. Charlie is hired again, but he stays behind when the caravan moves on.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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