The Adventurer (1917 film)
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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)
George C. Zalibra
|Edited by||Charles Chaplin|
|Distributed by||Mutual Film Corporation|
|October 22, 1917|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Plot and characters
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.
- Charles Chaplin - The Convict
- Edna Purviance - The Girl
- Eric Campbell - The Suitor
- Henry Bergman - The Father
- Albert Austin - The Butler
- Marta Golden
- May White - Lady
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.
"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."
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.
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