The Idle Class

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The Idle Class
The Idle Class.jpg
Lobby card
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Produced by Charles Chaplin
Written by Charles Chaplin
Starring Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Henry Bergman
Mack Swain
Music by Johnnie von Haines (1969)
Cinematography Roland Totheroh
Edited by Charles Chaplin
Distributed by First National
Playhouse Home Video (1985) (USA)
Key Video (1989) (USA) (VHS)
Image Entertainment (2000) (USA) (DVD)
Koch Vision (2000) (USA) (DVD)
MK2 Diffusion (2001) (World-wide) (all media)
Warner Home Video (2004, DVD)
Continental Home Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS)
Release date
  • September 25, 1921 (1921-09-25)
Running time
32 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles
The Idle Class

The Idle Class is a 1921 American silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin for First National Pictures.

Plot summary[edit]

The "Little Tramp" (Charlie Chaplin) heads to a resort for warm weather and a bit of golf. At the golf course, the Tramp's theft of balls in play causes one golfer (Mack Swain) to mistakenly attack another (John Rand). Meanwhile, a neglected wife (Edna Purviance) leaves her wealthy husband (also played by Chaplin) until he gives up drinking. When the Tramp is later mistaken for a pickpocket, he crashes a masquerade ball to escape from a policeman. There, he is mistaken for the woman's husband. Eventually, it is all straightened out, and the Tramp is once more on his way.


Lita Grey, Chaplin's future wife, played a guest.

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