What a hundred years has done to the motion film industry! On April 11, 1915. Charlie Chaplin’s popular silent film, The Tramp, was released. It was his sixth film for Essanay Studios in 1915. (Just wondering, can movies be produced so quickly now?) I’m sure the budget for these silent films was much lower than the current day price tags that run in the millions of dollars, even with accounting for the inflation costs over the past hundred years.
According to Wikipedia, the plot is: The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) finds the girl of his dreams and works on a family farm. He helps defend the farm against criminals, and all seems well, until he discovers the girl of his dreams already has a boyfriend. Unwilling to be a problem in their lives, he takes to the road, though he is seen skipping and swinging his cane as if happy to be back on the road where he knows he belongs.
Charlie Chaplin not only starred in this iconic film, he also wrote the script, directed, and edited.
Today, take a moment to put your feet up, and enjoy this 32 minute step back in time.
The Tramp is available for free download at Internet Archive.