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Gold Rush

The Gold Rush

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Cast: Charles Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray


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Charles Chaplin's 1925 comedy Gold Rush comes to DVD from Warner Home Video as part of The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 1. The image is presented with a standard full-screen transfer in the original black-and-white. The soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai. The disc features an


Charles Chaplin's 1925 comedy Gold Rush comes to DVD from Warner Home Video as part of The Chaplin Collection, Vol. 1. The image is presented with a standard full-screen transfer in the original black-and-white. The soundtrack is offered in Dolby Digital 5.1 with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai. The disc features an introduction to the film narrated by David Robinson and illustrated by stills, as well as the original silent version of the film with addition music arranged and interpreted by Neil Brand. Also contains a documentary by Serge le Peron and Idrissa Ouedraogo, a gallery of film posters, interview with Lita Grey Chaplin, production photos, and an original script written by Chaplin entitled "The Lucky Strike."

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Not only a milestone in screen comedy but also a masterpiece of silent-era filmmaking, The Gold Rush is considered by some critics and aficionados to be the best of Charlie Chaplin’s feature-length movies. Ranking alongside City Lights and Modern Times, this 1925 triumph represents quite a departure for Chaplin’s beloved Little Tramp character, who heretofore had been seen in modern-day settings. The Gold Rush transports him back to the Klondike at the turn of the century, when gold fever attracted prospectors by the thousands to a bleak, inhospitable land. The Tramp, easily smitten, falls in love with a dance-hall girl (Georgia Hale) who initially rejects him in favor of more prosperous suitors. Chaplin’s favorite foil, Mack Swain, cheerfully chews up the scenery as a burly prospector whom the Tramp invariably exasperates. The comic highlights include Chaplin’s inspired use of dinner rolls, which he makes appear to be dancing "the Lambeth Walk," and an iconic sequence in which, starving, he cooks and eats a leather shoe. Another, which finds the Tramp inside a rickety cabin teetering on the edge of a cliff, was so effective that it was copied several times by comedians in later films. Available for many years in slightly truncated form, The Gold Rush has recently been restored to its original glory and looks better on this DVD than in any of its previous home-video incarnations.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The film he said he wanted to be remembered by, Charles Chaplin's masterwork seamlessly combined humor and tragedy as his refined and compassionate little tramp struggled to strike gold in 1898 Alaska. Chaplin's gift for sight gags and intricate mime is most memorably displayed as he feasts on a boiled boot sole, twirling the laces like spaghetti and sucking on the nails as if they were a gourmet delicacy. Even as Chaplin makes comedy out of starvation and struggle, he reveals the dehumanizing effects of greed as it impinges on the capacity to love. Over a year in production and filmed partly on location near Lake Tahoe to recreate the look of photos of Yukon prospectors, The Gold Rush became Chaplin's first hit for his United Artists studio, reaffirming his superstar status after a directorial detour through drama in A Woman of Paris (1923). The reedited 1942 reissue included music and new narration by Chaplin. The Gold Rush has often been paired with Buster Keaton's The General (1927) as the two greatest silent comedies.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer from Chaplin family vault picture and audio elements; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as original mono; Interactive menus; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Chinese, Thai & Korean; Chaplin Today - The Gold Rush: documentary by Serge Le Péron with the participation of Idrissa Ouedraogo; Introduction by David Robinson: Chaplin's biographer puts the film in its historical and cinematic context; Original 1925 silent version of The Gold Rush: for the first time on DVD, the complete original silent version restored by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, specially accompanied on the piano by Neil Brand, using melodies from the film's original compilation score by Karli D. Elinor; Photo gallery: 250 production stills and historical photographs of the "real gold rush"; Poster gallery; Theatrical trailers; Scenes from film in the Chaplin Collection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Chaplin The Lone Prospector
Georgia Hale Georgia
Mack Swain Big Jim McKay
Tom Murray Black Larson
Henry Bergman Hank Curtis
Malcolm Waite Jack Cameron
Betty Morrissey Georgia's friend
Jack Adams Actor
Sam Allen Actor
Harry Arras Actor
Albert Austin Prospector
William Bell Actor
William Bradford Actor
George Brock [uncredited]
William Butler Actor
Cecile Cameron Actor
Leland Carr Actor
Kay Desleys Georgia's Friend
J.C. Fowler Actor
Allan Garcia Prospector
Inez Gomez Actor
Ben R. Hart Actor
Jack Herrick Actor
George Holt Actor
Harry Jones Actor
John King Actor
Geraldine Leslie Actor
Joan Lowell Georgia's Friend
Chris-Pin Martin uncredited
Margaret Martin Squaw
John McGrath Actor
John Millerta Actor
Barbara Pierce Manicurist
Betty Pierce Actor
John Rand Prospector
Frank Rice Actor
Jane Sherman Actor
Joe "Fox" Smith Actor
John Tully Actor
John Wallace Actor
Tom Wood Prospector

Technical Credits
Charles Chaplin Director,Score Composer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Hall Art Director
Roland H. "Rollie" Totheroh Cinematographer
Jack Wilson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Film
1. Directed by Charles Chaplin [1:00]
2. The Little Fellow [2:50]
3. A Lone Cabin [3:01]
4. Big Jim McKay [2:05]
5. Hungry! [2:56]
6. The Hand of the Law [1:05]
7. Thanksgiving [2:51]
8. A Chicken [5:50]
9. Black Larsen [1:54]
10. Georgia [5:31]
11. Pan Out a Tune! [4:39]
12. Hank Curtis's Cabin [3:11]
13. His Secret [5:33]
14. Hauling and Shoveling [1:26]
15. New Year's Eve [5:44]
16. Second Visit [2:24]
17. The Mountain of Gold [2:46]
18. Back to the Cabin [1:57]
19. The Storm [6:45]
20. Goodbye Alaska [5:15]


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The Gold Rush 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far Chaplin's funniest film, in my opinion. Also his best. Everyone must see it. The scenes with the boot eating, the dance of the dinner rolls, and when the cabin falls off the cliff are some of the funniest things I have ever seen.
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Operafan48 More than 1 year ago
To the current general moviegoing public at large, silent films are a thing of the past or even a form of art and entertainment that never existed at all. The Criterion Bluray/DVD editions of "The Gold Rush" make very clear that silent films were not only viable forms of entertainment but could often be great works of art in their own right. Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" most definitely meets the criteria for greatness with its ingenious combination of comedy, thrills and pathos. Here is a movie for everybody ; a movie that has everything to offer the viewer as entertainment. Chaplin's iconic "Little Tramp" reaches the summit of characterization in this epic tale of prospectors looking for gold in the  late 19th century Yukon. The film's classic scenes are almost too numerous to mention and the romantic longing of the tramp for the dance hall hostess (the lovely Georgia Brown) is sometimes forgotten amidst the often uproarious comedy, all of it directed with utmost brilliance by Charles Chaplin, one of the supreme artists of 20th Century Cinema, a man who ranks with best of them, including Griffith, Welles and Ford. The Criterion edition showcases the original silent version (in my opinion the true masterwork, not the 1942 re-edited sound version that Chaplin declared was his authentic director's cut, which included annoying sound narration and truncated much of the touching romantic aspects of the film.