The Vagabond (film)

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The Vagabond
The Vagabond (1916).jpg
Theatrical poster to The Vagabond
Directed by Charles Chaplin
Edward Brewer (technical director)
Produced by Henry P. Caulfield
Written by Charles Chaplin (scenario)
Vincent Bryan (scenario)
Maverick Terrell (scenario)
Starring Charles Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Eric Campbell
Cinematography William C. Foster
Roland Totheroh
Edited by Charles Chaplin
Distributed by Mutual Film Corporation
Release date
  • July 10, 1916 (1916-07-10)
Running time
24 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

The Vagabond is a silent film by Charlie Chaplin and his third film with Mutual Films. Released to theaters on July 10, 1916, it co-starred Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White and Lloyd Bacon. This film echoed Chaplin's work on The Tramp, with more drama and pathos mixed in with the comedy.


The Vagabond (1916)

The story begins with Charlie, the Tramp, arriving at a bar, playing on a violin to raise money and exciting rivalry with competing musicians - which results in a bar room brawl and comic mayhem.

Wandering off into the vicinity of a gypsy caravan, in the country, he encounters the beautiful, though bedraggled, Edna and entertains her with his violin. She has been abducted and abused by the gypsies, chief among them Eric Campbell, who whips her mercilessly. Charlie comes to her rescue and knocks her tormentors on the head with a stick, before riding off with her in a commandeered cart. Love develops between them, as Charlie washes her face in a bowl and combs her hair. He makes breakfast while she goes to fetch water, and on the way she meets an artist who lacks inspiration. She is his muse and he paints her, including a birthmark shaped like a shamrock. She falls for him and brings him back to the cart where the two talk, while Charlie is ignored. The artist leaves and she is stuck with Charlie.

The resulting painting is seen by the girl's mother, who rushes with the artist to rescue her daughter. They find her with Charlie, who refuses payment from the mother and says good-bye sadly. She drive off in a limousine with her mother, others, and the artist -- only to realize she loves Charlie. She orders the car to reverse and take him along with her.[1]


Sound version[edit]

The Vagabond

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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Simon Louvish (2009) Chaplin: The Tramp's Odyssey. London, Faber and Faber: 105-8; revised from Louvish based on the movie itself
  2. ^ SilentComedians entry

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