I just got done watching Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid".
I've seen it many times in the Past, But it's been about 10 years,
So I rented it from Netflix.
For a Film dated 1921, It still holds it's own.
It's a Masterpiece, And I've said it before, but Chaplin was pure genius !
He also wrote all the music.
An unwed woman (Edna Purviance) leaves a charity hospital carrying her newborn son. An artist (Carl Miller), the apparent father, is shown with the woman's photograph. When it falls into the fireplace, he first picks it up, then throws it back in to burn up.
The woman decides to leave her child in the back seat of an expensive automobile with a handwritten note imploring the finder to care for and love the baby. However, the car is stolen. When the two thieves discover the child, they leave him on the street.
The Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) finds the baby. Unwilling at first to take on the responsibility, he eventually softens and names the boy John. Five years pass, and the child becomes the Tramp's partner in minor crime, throwing stones to break windows that the Tramp can then repair.
Meanwhile, the woman becomes a wealthy star. She does charity work among the poor to fill the void of her missing child. By chance, mother and child meet, but do not recognize each other.
When the boy becomes sick, a doctor comes to see him. He discovers that the Tramp is not the boy's father. The Tramp shows him the note left by the mother, but the doctor merely takes it and notifies the authorities. Two men come to take the boy to an orphanage, but a fight and a chase, the Tramp regains his boy. When the woman comes back to see how the boy is doing, the doctor tells her what has happened, then shows her the note, which she recognizes.
The fugitives spend the night in a flophouse, but the manager (an uncredited Henry Bergman), having read of the $1000 reward offered for the child, takes him to the police station to be united with his ecstatic mother.
When the Tramp wakes up, he searches frantically for the missing boy, then returns to doze beside the now-locked doorway to their humble home. In his sleep, he enters "Dreamland", with angels as residents and devilish interlopers. He is awakened by a policeman, who takes him to the woman's home.
This is one of the greatest Scenes Ever Filmed.
It's when the tramp rescues the Kid, then hugs and kisses him.
And it Still gets me, emotional, It's Just Really well Done.
It Shows how much the Tramp Truly Loved the Kid (John).
The Music during the scene is very : Moving and Touching
Who Played the Kid ? = Jackie Coogan
For 6 years old - He was such a Great Actor !
Who Did Jackie Coogan become when he was Older ?