THE KID (Charlie Chaplin, 1921, Cert U)

Saturday 12th May
Stow Film Lounge @CentrE17, 1 Church Hill, Walthamstow, London E17 3AB

Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him.

A single mother, faced with raising her infant son alone, chooses to abandon him in the back of a fancy automobile, thinking he will find a better life in someone else’s care. But when the car gets stolen by two thugs who leave the baby on a street corner, abandoned once again, the kid begins a life his mother never anticipated. This time it’s the Tramp who discovers the child (played by the then child-star Jackie Googan) and, when he can’t find anyone to hand the baby off to, he takes it in as his own. Five years down the line, the two are a certifiable father-son pair with an inseparable bond, but, when the news gets out that the Tramp is not the kid’s real father, their life together is placed in danger.

The film is notable for combining comedy and drama and as the opening title says: “A picture with a smile – and perhaps, a tear.” offers us the signature of Chaplin’s full career playing The Tramp.

Doors: 10.30am, Crafts, Film 11am, Close 1pm
Tickets: £6 (inc crafts) child, £12.50 party package (per child, paid in advance only), £4.50 acc adult, under 2s free. Available on the door or book in advance.

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