Modern Times (1936)

G   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Family


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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

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  • Charles Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)
  • Charles Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)
  • Charles Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks in Modern Times (1936)
  • Charles Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)
  • Charles Chaplin in Modern Times (1936)
  • Charles Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in Modern Times (1936)

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Cast & Crew

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Director:

Charles Chaplin

Writer:

Charles Chaplin

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The main melody Charles Chaplin wrote for the film had lyrics added to it in 1954 by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons; that's when it became known as "Smile." Nat 'King' Cole recorded it and had a #10 hit on the Billboard charts that year. The lyrics ("Smile though your heart is aching/Smile even though it's breaking/When there are clouds in the sky/You'll get by") were no doubt inspired by the final moments of the film when Charlie tells the Gamin, "We'll get along," and enjoins her to smile. The song has been covered by such diverse performers as Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton, Lyle Lovett, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Durante, and many others.


Quotes

President of the Electro Steel Corp.: Section 5, speed her up, 401.


Goofs

(at around 1h) During the scene with the press at the factory machine shop, Chaplin leaves his boss's coat under the press, flattening his pocket watch. A trap door under the press is clearly visible as a stagehand accidentally leaves a corner of the coat caught in it, and Chaplin must yank on the coat twice to free it.


Alternate Versions

The laserdisc edition contains an extra scene that the film was never released with. An extra verse of the Tramp's gibberish song "Titina" appears (33 seconds in length) at Chapter 13: frames 36235 - 37009 which corrects a continuity jump. This was obviously a last minute removal on Chaplin's part, before the initial release, but was never removed from his 35mm lavender preservation masters which were used to master the laserdisc. The last verse of the Tramp's gibberish song is also shown as a deleted scene on the Chaplin Collection version of Modern Times and with lyrics to it as a karaoke piece.


Soundtracks

Theme from Modern Times
(1935) (uncredited)
(Later known as "Smile")
Music by
Charles Chaplin

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy | Drama | Family | Romance

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