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Shoulder Arms
Shoulder Arms
is Charlie Chaplin's second film for First National Pictures. Released in 1918, it is a silent comedy set in France during World War I. The main part of the film actually occurs in a dream. It co-starred Edna Purviance
Edna Purviance
and Sydney Chaplin, Chaplin's elder brother. It is Chaplin's shortest feature film as well as the first feature film that he directed.


1 Plot 2 Credited cast 3 Reception 4 See also 5 External links

Plot[edit] Charlie is in boot camp in the "awkward squad." Once in France he gets no letters from home. He finally gets a package containing limburger cheese which requires a gas mask and which he throws over into the German trench. He goes "over the top" and captures thirteen Germans ("I surrounded them"), then volunteers to wander through the German lines disguised as a tree trunk. With the help of a French girl he captures the Kaiser and the Crown Prince and is given a statue and victory parade in New York and then ... fellow soldiers wake him from his dream. Credited cast[edit]

Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
... Charlie, the Doughboy Edna Purviance
Edna Purviance
... French girl Sydney Chaplin
Sydney Chaplin
... The sergeant, Charlie's Comrade/The Kaiser Jack Wilson ... German Crown Prince Henry Bergman
Henry Bergman
... Fat German sergeant/Field Marshal von Hindenburg/Bartender Albert Austin
Albert Austin
... American Officer/Clean Shaven German Soldier/Bearded German Soldier Tom Wilson ... Dumb German Wood-Cutter John Rand ... U.S. soldier J. Parks Jones ... U.S. soldier (as Park Jones) Loyal Underwood ... Small German officer W.J. Allen ... Motorcyclist L.A. Blaisdell ... Motorcyclist Wellington Cross ... Motorcyclist C.L. Dice ... Motorcyclist G.A. Godfrey ... Motorcyclist W. Herron ... Motorcyclist

Reception[edit] Shoulder Arms
Shoulder Arms
proved to be Chaplin's most popular film, critically and commercially, up to that point. A review in the October 21, 1918 New York Times was typical:

"'The fool's funny,' was the chuckling observation of one of those who saw Charlie Chaplin's new film. Shoulder Arms, at the Strand yesterday—and, apparently, that's the way everybody felt. There have been learned discussions as to whether Chaplin's comedy is low or high, artistic or crude, but no one can deny that when he impersonates a screen fool he is funny. Most of those who go to find fault with him remain to laugh. They may still find fault, but they will keep on laughing."

See also[edit]

List of World War I
World War I

External links[edit]

Shoulder Arms
Shoulder Arms
on IMDb

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Films directed by Charlie Chaplin

Keystone Studios

Twenty Minutes of Love Caught in the Rain A Busy Day Her Friend the Bandit Mabel's Married Life Laughing Gas The Face on the Bar Room Floor Recreation The Masquerader His New Profession The Rounders The Property Man The New Janitor Those Love Pangs Dough and Dynamite Gentlemen of Nerve His Musical Career His Trysting Place Getting Acquainted His Prehistoric Past

Essanay Studios

His New Job A Night Out The Champion In the Park A Jitney Elopement The Tramp By the Sea Work A Woman The Bank Shanghaied A Night in the Show A Burlesque on Carmen Police Triple Trouble

Mutual Film Corp

The Floorwalker The Fireman The Vagabond One A.M. The Count The Pawnshop Behind the Screen The Rink Easy Street The Cure The Immigrant The Adventurer

First National

A Dog's Life The Bond Shoulder Arms Sunnyside A Day's Pleasure The Professor The Kid The Idle Class Pay Day The Pilgrim

United Artists

A Woman
A Woman
of Paris The Gold Rush The Circus City Lights Modern Times The Great Dictator Monsieur Verdoux Limelight

Later productions

A King in New York A Countess from Hong Kong

See also

The Chaplin Revue The Freak

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