The Gold Rush (United Artists) (1925)

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Charlie^ The Expert^ Is Expert Burlesquer The Master Mimic and Pantomimist Is Skillful At All Trades {Current Feature) Expertness has always been a characteristic greatly ad¬ mired by the American people. The average citizen swoons with respect at the thought of anyone so expert that he can typewrite sixty words a minute with a pair of sugar tongs, or anyone so expert that he can fly an airplane upside down. It is a strange situation, there¬ fore, to find an expert who incites laughter. The expert in question is Charlie Chaplin, who is currently starring in “The Gold Rush” at the . .. Theatre. Charlie Chaplin is an expert at all profes¬ sions. So expert, in fact, that he becomes over-expert, and in that manner extracts humor from a situation. Although people have ad- ' miration for expertness, Chaplin knows that the admiration turns to laughter when the expertness be¬ comes plu-perfect. Chaplin, the master mimic and pantomimist, is a cinematic expert at all arts, crafts and trades. When he dances, as in “The Gold Rush,” his dancing is so exaggeratedly graceful and finished that it ends by being a caricature of good danc¬ ing. When he boxes, as in “City Lights,” his skill at weaving, bob¬ bing, ducking and jabbing cannot be improved upon. He weaves, bobs, ducks and jabs with greater pre¬ cision than a world champion. In the cabaret scene in “Modern Times” Charlie was a waiter. Again, his expertness was so com¬ plete that it burlesqued the pro¬ fession. He carried a tray through a crowded dance floor at a highly precarious angle without dropping it. He maneuvered over the dance floor like an All-American broken- field runner. And, finally, he de¬ livered the food to his table with the deftness and grace of a super- headwaiter. Charlie Chaplin in “The Gold Rush.” 14A —One Col. Head {Mat .15; Cut .26) One-Man Studio Run by Chaplin Charlie Chaplin begins work on a picture in the same manner as creative artists in other fields begin theirs. He mulls an idea in his mind for many months. Then, final¬ ly, he gets into the studio for actual production. As the picture pro¬ gresses, under Chaplin’s director¬ ship, he repairs to the cutting room at the completion of each sequence. He runs every foot of film through the movieola, and assembles the footage with the aid of his film- cutter. Charles is his own super¬ visor and editor, even at this stage. Charlie writes the major portion of the music for his pictures; he did so for “City Lights,” for “Mod¬ ern Times,” for “The Great Dicta¬ tor” and for “The Gold Rush,” which is now on view at the. Theatre through United Artists re¬ lease. Charlie cannot read music, so he sits at the piano, improvising, as the picture is run before him. An arranger, with blank music sheets before him, performs the function of a musical stenographer. The Little Tramp Tricks The Bully Charlie Chaplin loves slapstick. In “The Gold Rush,” now at the . Theatre, the little man who is the stooge, not for any individual, but for the vagaries of fate itself, covers the whole field of comedy from the most arrant slapstick to the most delicate satire. His burlesque and ridicule are di¬ rected against the traditional Chap¬ lin enemy—the bully. Famous Star Has Many Avocations Few people are aware that Char¬ lie Chaplin, who is starring in “The Gold Rush,” the current attraction at the.Theatre through United Artists release, numbers drawing among his many accom¬ plishments. Among his accomplish¬ ments are two bookplates which he designed for his library and a great many personal sketches which he has distributed among close friends. A self-sketched caricature brought a sizeable sum at an auc¬ tion sale in a London art gallery when he was making “Modern Times.” In “The Gold Rush,” Charlie plays the role of the Lone Prospec¬ tor in the mad Klondike gold rush days. He wrote and directed the production and composed most of the music. Charlie Chaplin, hero of “The Gold Rush,” the current attraction at the.Theatre, is an ex¬ pert tennis player, angler, musician and a recognized authority on economics. • 2500 extras appear in the gold rush scenes in the Klondike, locale of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” which is due for its local premiere at the.Theatre on . through United Ar¬ tists release. Charlie both wrote and directed the film and composed most of its music. • The famed Chilkoot Pass, the gunsight notch through which gold- seekers passed in the mad rush to the Klondike, is most realistically presented in Charlie Chaplin’s great comedy-drama, “The Gold Rush,” now showing at the.Thea¬ tre through United Artists release. The panorama of the pass was filmed near the summit of the high Sierras at an elevation of 9850 feet. • John Brown, who plays the role of himself, the big brown bear in Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” slated to start an engagement at the .Theatre on .. was one member of the company who revelled in the snow country way up high in the Sierras. • A rude mining camp and hun¬ dreds of shabby cabins for the min¬ ers is part of the background seen in Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” which will be premiered at the.Theatre on. through United Artists release. • Professional ski jumpers are credited with having cut the path¬ way 2300 feet long through the deeply banked snow of the high Sierras for the location scenes of “The Gold Rush,” now at the. Theatre. Charlie Chaplin Cuts Own Film Did you know that Charlie Chap¬ lin has never employed a film cut¬ ter, but actually enters the cutting room at the completion of shooting, and personally cuts his films foot by foot? Currently, Charlie’s production of “The Gold Rush,” which mir¬ rors the hectic days of the Klondike gold hunt, is on view at the. Theatre through United Artists re¬ lease. Great And Near Great Pay Trib ute To Chaplin Now Contemporary Youngsters Can Judge Charlie In "Gold Rush" {Current Feature) The slightly older generation remembers Charlie Chaplin much as it remembers its own youth. At the mention of his magic name, the mustache, the derby, the cane, the baggy thousers flash across the mind—an unforgettable scene from a favorite picture brings a smile to the lips. Now the release of “The Gold Rush,” one of Charlie’s most bril¬ liant comedies which is currently on view at the . Theatre, will be welcomed by a generation which knows Charlie only through “The Great Dictator.” Thus the teen-age youngsters of today will have a chance to judge for them¬ selves and to ponder the tributes that have been showered upon Charlie’s head by the great and near-great. George Bernard Shaw called him “the only genius in motion pictures.” Alexander Woollcott said; “His like has not passed this way before and we shall not see his like again!” The late Will Rogers described him as “the only genius developed in the films since they started.” Now, the contemporary genera¬ tion, is set to have its say on the basis of his genius which flows so richly in “The Gold Rush.” In this picture, the world’s greatest co¬ median impersonates the Lone Prospector in the mad gold rush days in the Klondike, Chaplin wrote and directed the production, in which he is first and foremost the beloved little tramp who wears an air of romantic hunger—^forever seeking romance and forever tak¬ ing a pathetic stand against the powers that be. But in “The Gold Rush,” the little tramp succeeds in getting the girl and the money. CHARLIE CHAPLIN in “THE GOLD RUSH” Written and Directed by Charles Chaplin Narrative written and spoken by Charles Chaplin Released through United Artists THE CAST The Lone Prospector . Big Jim . Black Larson. Hank Curtis. Jack. Georgia . TECHNICAL STAFF Original Compositions .Charles Chaplin Musical Direction.Max Terr Photography .Rollie Totheroh Sound Recording.Peter Decker & W. M. Dalgleish Film Editor .Harold McGahann In charge of Production .! . . . .Alfred Reeves Charles Chaplin . . . . Mack Swain . . .Tom Murray . Henry Bergman .Malcolm Waite . . .Georgia Hale Page Thirteen