Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" (1925)

"The Gold Rush" is a classic silent comedy.  It is the film that Charlie Chaplin wanted to be remembered by.  The world agrees with him that this movie is a masterpiece.

"The Gold Rush" was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 1992.

The film enjoys extraordinary popularity and has an outstanding rating 8.3 in IMDB.

Directed by               Charlie Chaplin
Produced by              Charlie Chaplin
Scenario by               Charlie Chaplin         
Starring                     Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale, Tom Murray
Cinematography        Roland Totheroh
Distributed by           United Artists
Release date              16 August 1925
Running time             87 min.
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles

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| cinematography = Roland Totheroh
| editing = Charlie Chaplin
| distributor = United Artists
| released =
| runtime = 95 minutes
| country = United States
| language = Silent film<br>English intertitles
| budget = $923,000
| gross = $2.5 million
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The Gold Rush is a 1925 American Silent film comedy film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin in his The Tramp role. The film also stars Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray (actor), Henry Bergman, and Malcolm Waite. Chaplin declared several times that this was the film for which he most wanted to be remembered.}}
At the 1958 List of films considered the best, critics rated it the second greatest film in history, behind only Sergei Eisenstein The Battleship Potemkin (film). In 1992 The Gold Rush was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
American Film Institute recognition
  • 1998 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies #74
  • 2000 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs #25
  • 2007 AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) #58

Copyright and home video

In 1953, the original 1925 film possibly entered the List of films in the public domain in the United States, as Chaplin did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication in accordance to American law of the time.<></> As such, the film was once widely available on home video in that country. In the years since, Chaplin's estate has blocked the unauthorized releases of The Gold Rush in the United States:
by arguing that under URAA/GATT, this American-made film is entitled to reciprocal-nation copyright protection by virtue of British copyright, and that it is entitled to status as a British film owing to the film having been copyrighted in the name of Charles Chaplin, who remained a British citizen during his four decades as an American-based filmmaker.

However, according to, the film was first screened in the USA, thereby disqualifying reciprocal copyright recognition under §104A(h)(6)(D); and the film exceeded the 30-day rule (more than 30 days between the US and British screenings), thus also disqualifying it for reciprocal-nation copyright protection.
MK2 Editions and Warner Home Video (Turner Entertainment Co.) currently holds DVD distribution rights. A Blu-ray edition has been released by The Criterion Collection.

=1942 re-release=

In 1942, Chaplin released a new version of The Gold Rush, taking the original silent 1925 film and composing and recording a musical score, adding a narration which he recorded himself, and tightening the editing which reduced the film's running time by several minutes. The film is also shortened by being run at 'sound speed', i.e. 24 frames per second; like most silent movies it was originally shot and exhibited at a slower speed. As noted above, Chaplin also changed some plot points. Besides removing the kiss at the end, another change eliminated a subplot in which Charlie is tricked into believing Georgia is in love with him by Georgia's paramour, Jack.
The new music score by Max Terr and the sound recording by James L. Fields were nominated for Academy Awards in 15th Academy Awards.< name="Oscars1943"></>
The Gold Rush was the first of Chaplin's classic silents that he converted to a sound version in this fashion. As revealed in the 2003 DVD release, the reissue of The Gold Rush also served to preserve most of the footage from the original film, as even the DVD-restored print of the 1925 original shows noticeable degradation of image and missing frames, artifacts not in evidence in the 1942 version.

Pop culture erences

The "roll dance" the tramp character performs in the film is considered one of the most memorable scenes in film history, although Roscoe Arbuckle did something similar in the 1917 movie The Rough House which co-starred Buster Keaton. The bit was briefly homaged by Curly Howard in the 1935 Three Stooges film Pardon My Scotch. Anna Karina's character in Bande à part (film) erences it before the famous dance scene. In more recent times, it was replicated by Robert Downey Jr. in his lead role as Charles Chaplin in the 1992 Chaplin (film), which also briefly depicts the production of the film, Johnny Depp's character in the 1993 film Benny and Joon, Abraham Simpson in the 1994 episode of The Simpsons entitled "Lady Bouvier's Lover" and by Amy Adams' character in The Muppets (film).

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