Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The Charlie Chaplin outtakes in this documentary that was first shown at the 1983 Venice film festival kept the audience at that time laughing -- and hoping that similar finds might be made in the future. In Part I, takes from the years 1916-17 are shown including variations on a theme in The Cure. In Part II, Chaplin and his guest Sir Harry Lauder (the famous vaudevillian) exchange costumes and identities as each mimic the other for a home-movie segment, there are also some interviews with Chaplin co-stars, and an alternate ending to the Gold Rush. In Part III, there are vignettes that were dropped from City Lights and Modern Times that -- judging from the hilarity they evoked at the 1983 opener -- merit their own showing any time.