The Adventurer (1917 film)

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The Adventurer
The Adventurer (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Edward Brewer (technical director)
Produced by John Jasper
Written by Charles Chaplin (scenario)
Vincent Bryan (scenario)
Maverick Terrell (scenario)
Starring Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Eric Campbell
Cinematography Roland Totheroh
George C. Zalibra
Edited by Charles Chaplin
Distributed by Mutual Film Corporation
Release dates October 22, 1917
Running time 31 minutes
Country USA
Language Silent
From left to right are Henry Bergman, Marta Golden, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell and Charlie Chaplin in a scene still from the film

The Adventurer is a short comedy film made in 1917 written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, and is the last of the twelve films made under contract for the Mutual Film Corporation.

Plot and characters[edit]

Chaplin plays an escaped convict on the run from prison guards. He falls into favor with a wealthy family after he saves a young lady (Edna Purviance) from drowning, but her suitor (Eric Campbell) does everything he can to have Chaplin apprehended by the officials.[1]

The film also stars Henry Bergman and Albert Austin, and marked the final film of his co-star Eric Campbell who died on December 20, 1917 in a drunk driving accident.

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Critical reception[edit]

A re-release of the film inspired this enthusiastic review in the August 16, 1920 New York Times. Note that this was written during a period in which Chaplin's film output was practically nonexistent.[2]

"On the Rivoli program, and also at the Rialto, is a Chaplin revival. The Adventurer, which makes one wish, between laughs, that the screen's best comedian would get to work and do what everyone knows he is capable of. There is a slap-stick coarse humor in The Adventurer, but also some of Chaplin's most irresistible pantomime."[3]

Sound version[edit]

In 1932, Amedee Van Beuren of Van Beuren Studios, purchased Chaplin's Mutual comedies for $10,000 each, added music by Gene Rodemich and Winston Sharples and sound effects, and re-released them through RKO Radio Pictures. Chaplin had no legal recourse to stop the RKO release.[4]

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