When Charlie escapes from prison he dons a preacher's clothes. By mistake he becomes the new minister for the town of Devil's Gulch. Later, discovered as the convict, the sheriff takes Charlie to the Mexican border where he can choose to return, a convict, or face Mexican bandits at war with each other.
Charles Chaplin ... The Pilgrim
Edna Purviance ... Miss Brown
Kitty Bradbury ... Mrs. Brown, Edna's Mother
Syd Chaplin ... Eloper / Train Conductor / Little Boy's Father (as Sydney Chaplin)
Mack Swain ... Deacon
Mai Wells ... Little Boy's Mother
Dean Riesner ... Little Boy (as Dinky Reisner)
Loyal Underwood ... Elder
Charles Reisner ... Howard Huntington, Crook (as Chuck Reisner)
Tom Murray ... Sheriff Bryan
Henry Bergman ... Sheriff on Train / Man In Railroad Station
Director: Charles Chaplin
Codecs: Mpeg 1 / MP3
The Pilgrim is one of the great silent comedies. Perhaps not as profound, as The Gold Rush, The General or The Kid Brother, it is nevertheless one of Chaplin's best shorts. Well it goes for four reels so its between a short film and a feature-length film. Chaplin plays an escaped convict who disguises himself as a parson and from then on, allow our beloved Charlie take you on a wonder ride as always with his brilliant comedies. Today, The Pilgrim isn't as famous as Chaplin's other movies, however, its one of his most loved among the legion of fans that it has. Chaplin reissued the film in 1959 with his own score but don't be too impressed by the sound recording of the score. Considering it was 1959, the sound recording is terrible. I don't know what the recordists had on their mind while working on the score. Even Chaplin's score for The Gold Rush in 1942 has better sound and that film was rightfully nominated for best sound recording at the academy awards. Anyway besides that, the new restoration of The Pilgrim is quite good and it's a must see.
Over-shadowed by such classics as THE GOLD RUSH or CITY-LIGHTS, THE PILGRIM is a delight and is perhaps Charlie's finest 'short'. Dropping his 'Little Tramp' character, Chaplin is now an escaped convict, heading out West disguised as a clergyman and who is mistaken for the new Pastor of a small Western town.
Sentiment is kept at a minimum and THE PILGRIM is filled with inventive sight gags and sequences, with perhaps the stand-out being the middle-section, where Charlie suffers from the attentions of a little boy (the bowler hat covered with custard and served as afternoon tea is a wonderfully surreal touch)..
The 1959 re-issued version is perhaps the version to see, as it comes with a wonderful score by Chaplin and a specially written theme song, 'Bound For Texas' sung by Britain's own Matt Monroe. It's a memorably jaunty song which you will be humming for days afterwards.
# This was the last film in which Charles Chaplin co-starred with Edna Purviance. Chaplin would direct and have a cameo in her next film, _Woman of Paris, A (1923)_ and produce her lost film, A Woman of the Sea (1926), and she would have cameos in a couple of his later films, but this was their last major acting work together.
# The bratty boy was played by Dean Riesner, associate director Charles Reisner's son. In later years, Dean recounted how he did not want to slap Charles Chaplin's face, even though the story called for him to do so. So Chaplin and his brother/co-star Sydney Chaplin continually slapped each other's faces to convince Riesner what fun it was.