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The Kid Review

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Desperate, Edna leaves her child in a limo with a note - she's going to kill herself. Charlie rescues the child and cares for it, but five years later Edna has become a famous opera singer and she demands the child be returned to her. Lots of kidnap ensues until father and son are reunited.

★★★★

After his Tramp persona had appeared in numerous short films since 1914, Chaplin's 1921 classic was his first feature and departure from all-out slapstick.

Focusing on the relationship between the Tramp and an abandoned boy (Jackie Coogan), it includes some wonderful comic sequences, yet is slightly marred by Chaplin's heavy-handed sentimentality. Chaplin is, of course, hilarious, but it's Coogan's cherubic charm that makes this so special.

Some wonderful comic sequences that are occasionally slightly marred by Chalin's heavy-handed approach. However, it's Coogan's cherubic charm that makes this so special.

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