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.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

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

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.

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    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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