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.