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City Lights
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Virginia Cherrill

Virginia Cherrill

A Blind Girl
Florence Lee

Florence Lee

The Blind Girl's Grandmother
Harry Myers

Harry Myers

An Eccentric Millionaire
Al Ernest Garcia

Al Ernest Garcia

The Millionaire's Butler
Hank Mann

Hank Mann

A Prizefighter
Jack Alexander

Jack Alexander

Extra in Boxing Scene
T.S. Alexander

T.S. Alexander

Doctor


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Charles Chaplin

Charles Chaplin

(written by)
Harry Clive

Harry Clive

uncredited


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City Lights (trailer)

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Silent Perfection

7 years, 7 months ago at Jul 4 19:30
1 vote
If you've never been exposed to a Chaplin film, or a silent black & white film in general, this would be the one to watch first. It will make you fall in love with that golden era of film making. Either this, or Chaplin's 'The Kid'.

All actors in this film I believe are better than most of the big shots today, because without clever scripts and speeches, these actors had to rely e... read more

Review of City Lights

1 year, 8 months ago at May 15 23:03
1 vote
One of my biggest movie-related regrets that I hadn't seen a single Charlie Chaplin film. The director and actor has received massive acclaim, and is still considered today to be one of the world's greatest directors. And yet, I had not seen any of his films. In fact, I had seen relatively few silent films at all. However, if Chaplin's other work is even nearly as good as City Lights, I will not h... read more

Chaplin hits this one out of the park!

6 years, 9 months ago at Apr 21 11:33
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City Lights could be the best Charlie Chaplin film to date; this poignant, entertaining film is both funny and heart-warming. This film also marks one of Chaplin's last silent movies. It was a bold move to release a silent film when the day and age of silent movies had dissolved, but Chaplin's trademark character just wouldn't be as appealing with a voice.

City Lights is another ta... read more
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A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor.
Release date: 7 March 1931
UPC: 014381918120
Comedy (28), Silent (26), 1931 (26), 1930s (25), Boxing (17), Romance (17), Drama (15), Blindness (14), Usa (13), Friendship (13), Slapstick (10), Tramp (10), Suicide Attempt (9), Millionaire (9), Black & White (8), Love (8), Classic (6), Flower (6), Flower Girl (5), Blind (4)
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Charles Chaplin was deep into production of his silent City Lights when Hollywood was overwhelmed by the talkie revolution. After months of anguished contemplation, Chaplin decided to finish the film as it began--in silence, save for a musical score and an occasional sound effect. Once again cast as the Little Tramp, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), who through a series of coincidences has gotten the impression that the shabby tramp is a millionaire. A second storyline begins when the tramp rescues a genuine millionaire (Harry Myers) from committing suicide. When drunk, the millionaire expansively treats the tramp as a friend and equal; when sober, he doesn't even recognize him. The two plots come together when the tramp attempts to rais” read more

Joshua "LF" posted a review 1 year, 8 months ago

Review of City Lights

“One of my biggest movie-related regrets that I hadn't seen a single Charlie Chaplin film. The director and actor has received massive acclaim, and is still considered today to be one of the world's greatest directors. And yet, I had not seen any of his films. In fact, I had seen relatively few silent films at all. However, if Chaplin's other work is even nearly as good as City Lights, I will not hesitate to see his many other films.

Often considered one of Chaplin's best films, City Lights is the story of a young tramp (portrayed by Charlie Chaplin), who befriends a drunk millionaire. The tramp uses resources provided by the millionaire to give gifts to a young, blind girl, whom the tramp has fallen in love with. Things are a bit complicated, though, as when the millionaire is so” read more

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