Great Moments In Film – The Gold Rush (1925)
The return of Charlie Chaplin. 1925’s The Gold Rush has two of Chaplin’s most iconic scenes: the shoe eating scene and the roll dance. However, the following is the scene that gets me laughing the hardest. Chaplin is the Tramp once again, trying his luck during the Alaskan Gold Rush. To escape a blizzard, the Tramp and his traveling companion find a small cabin. Naturally, the cabin is occupied by a man who isn’t in the sharing mood and comes at them with a shotgun. What commences is a classic slapstick situation in which there’s a struggle with a dangerous object and the third party just can’t get out of the way. Guess which one Chaplin is. It most certainly had been done before and definitely has been done since, but no one did it better than Chaplin.
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