The Gold Rush (1925)
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Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray
The Gold Rush ranked # 74 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent film comedy written, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Little Tramp role. The film also stars Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman, Malcolm Waite and Georgia Hale.
Lita Grey was originally cast as the leading lady. Chaplin married Grey in mid-1924, and she was replaced in the film by Georgia Hale.
Chaplin attempted to film many of the scenes on location near Truckee, California, in early 1924. He abandoned most of this footage (which included him being chased through the snow by Big Jim, instead of just around the hut as in the final cut), retaining only the film's opening scene.
The final film was shot on the backlot and stages at Chaplin's Hollywood studio, where elaborate Klondike sets were constructed.
The Gold Rush was a huge success in the US and worldwide. It is the 5th highest grossing silent film in cinema history, taking in more than $4,250,000 at the box office in 1925. It is in fact the highest grossing silent comedy film.
Chaplin proclaimed at the time of its release that this was the film for which he wanted to be remembered.
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