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The Vagabond

The Vagabond U rating

One of Chaplin’s most accomplished films for Mutual, in which the Tramp rescues a girl from a band of gypsies only for her to fall for a rival.

Comedy 1916 26 mins

Director: Charles Chaplin

Overview

One of Chaplin’s most accomplished films for Mutual, The Vagabond finds him progressing themes from one of his most successful films for Essanay, The Tramp. He plays a violinist who rescues a girl (Edna Purviance) from a band of gypsies only for her to fall for an artist.

The film’s balance of laughs, pathos and sentimentality clearly signposts the way to the tonal mix of his later feature-film works.