A dog's life

Directed by: Charles Chaplin, , USA, 1918

  • Genre: Comedy,
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Szenenphoto aus A dog's life, © First National Pictures Inc.


Cast and Credits

Production First National Pictures Inc.
Distribution First National Pictures Inc.
Producer Charles Chaplin
Director Charles Chaplin
Assistant Director Charles F. Reisner
Director of Photography Roland H. Totheroh
Art Director Charles D. Hall
Cast Charles Chaplin [Tramp]
Charles Chaplin [Dog]
Henry Bergman [Fat Unemployed Man / Dance-hall Lady]
Syd Chaplin [Lunchwagon Owner]
Edna Purviance [Bar Singer]
Chuck Riesner [Employment Agency Clerk]
Tom Wilson [Policeman]
Dave Anderson [Bartender (not credited)]
Dave Anderson [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
Albert Austin [Thief (not credited)]
A.D. Blake [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
A.D. Blake [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
A.D. Blake [Dance-Hall Dramatic Lady (not credited)]
A.D. Blake [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
A.D. Blake [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
Margaret Cullington [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Margaret Cullington [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Jack Duffy [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Jack Duffy [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Jack Duffy [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Jack Duffy [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Jack Duffy [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Ted Edwards [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
Ted Edwards [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Louis Fitzroy [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
Charles Force [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
Charles Force [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Charles Force [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Charles Force [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Fay Holderness [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Bud Jamison [Thief (not credited)]
Bud Jamison [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
J. Parks Jones [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Man at Hot Dog Stand (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
James T. Kelley [Musician (not credited)]
Bruce Randall [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Granville Redmond [Dance-Hall Proprietor (not credited)]
Alfred Reeves [Man at Bar (not credited)]
Charles F. Reisner [Employment Agency Clerk (not credited)]
Charles F. Reisner [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Charles F. Reisner [Unemployed Man (not credited)]
Charles F. Reisner [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Charles F. Reisner [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Charles F. Reisner [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Fred Starr [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Fred Starr [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Fred Starr [Hot Tamale Man (not credited)]
Loyal Underwood [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
Loyal Underwood [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
William White [Man in Dance Hall (not credited)]
William White [Woman in Dance Hall (not credited)]

Technical specifications
Category: Short Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,Length: 30 minutes
Sound System: silent
First Screening: April 14, 1918 in USA
Survival Status: Prints of this picture exist [Archiv: Cineteca Del Friuli (Gemona)]

Synopsis in German
Charlie bemüht sich erfolglos um einen Job. Als er entmutigt von der Arbeitsvermittlung zurückkehrt, trifft er auf den streunenden Hund Scraps und rettet ihn aus einer heiklen Situation. Zusammen klauen die Ausgehungerten Esswaren bei einem Kiosk. Als Charlie nachts Unterschlupf in einem Café sucht, lernt er eine arme, aus der Provinz stammende Sängerin kennen, die er tröstet, weil sie beim Publikum keinen Erfolg hat. Da Charlie jedoch kein Geld hat, um sein Bier zu bezahlen, wird er vom Cafébesitzer rausgeschmissen. Wenig später findet Scraps ein gestohlenes Portemonnaie und macht Charlie darauf aufmerksam. Dieser nimmt es an sich, kehrt als reicher Mann ins Café zurück und bittet die weinende Sängerin an seinen Tisch. Schon bald entdecken ein paar Diebe das Portemonnaie und nehmen es Charlie ab, der jedoch mit allerhand Tricks versucht, es zurückzubekommen...... (Arte Presse)

Remarks and general Information in German: "Chaplins satirisch-sentimentale Auseinandersetzung mit amerikanischen Mythen parallelisiert das Schicksal eines obdachlosen Arbeitslosen und eines streunenden Hundes. Beide wollen einen Zipfel vom Wohlstand, scheitern auf dem gewöhnlichen Weg, gewinnen dann aber - indem sie sich zusammentun - den Kampf mit der Tücke des Objekts. Da es sich bei diesem Objekt um ein reich gefülltes Portemonnaie handelt, ist es die Verheissung schnellen Reichtums, um die sich ein turbulentes Spiel entspinnt. " (arte Presse)

General Information

A dog's life is a motion picture produced in the year 1918 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Charles Chaplin, with Charles Chaplin, , Syd Chaplin, Chuck Riesner, Tom Wilson, in the leading parts. There are no reviews of A dog's life available.



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