Century of Slapstick #77: Chaplin’s “The Tramp”

I’m embarrassed to have missed the exact centennial of this. Well, it’s a year full of exciting centennials. Fortunately vaudeville and comedy-history enthusiast Trav SD noticed the day. So, please, a tiny bit late, appreciate the anniversary of the debut of Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

2 thoughts on “Century of Slapstick #77: Chaplin’s “The Tramp””

  1. It’s amazing how Chaplin’s Tramp has become so iconic in film culture – the last appearance, I believe, was in Modern Times (1936), which I always found to be a curious movie but, inevitably, pure Chaplin genius.


    1. It really is amazing not just that the character became iconic but that he’s managed to last even though, as you say, he hasn’t appeared on-screen except in revivals, directly, in three-quarters of a century. Some of it has to be that Chaplin’s Tramp attracted so much attention that parodies and references became unavoidable too, but it’s still a remarkably durable presence.


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