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Film clips from a re-release of The Gold Rush

Catalog Data

Produced by:
Dennis Atkinson, American  Search this
Subject of:
Charlie Chaplin, English, 1889 - 1977  Search this
Owned by:
Ernie Smith, American, ca. 1925 - 2004  Search this
acetate film
Duration (digital file): 00:30:51
Physical extent (film): 1150 ft
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
film clips
Place filmed:
California, United States, North and Central America
A motion picture film with scenes from the first half of The Gold Rush, the 1925 feature film. It consists of a single reel of positive, black-and-white, acetate film with bilateral variable-area optical sound. The film starts with ["THE GOLD RUSH" / PART / 1] appearing briefly in the leader. After a few cameo shots, [THE MOVIES / OUT MODERN ART] appears on the screen while footage of a film set can be seen in the background. A narrator then begins discussing topics such as Hollywood and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin while scenes from The Gold Rush play in the background. At one point, the narrator says, "In 1925, he made what is considered today by many film historians to be the funniest comedy ever made: The Gold Rush," after which two title cards appear on screen. The first reads [Walter Reade/Sterling, Inc. / presentation], while the second reads [Charles Chaplin / in THE / GOLD RUSH / copyright © MCMXLXIX by Spectra Pictures / All Rights Reserved]. The opening credits role after both title cards and include cast and crew for the original 1925 film and the "New Version." Individuals credited in the re-release include James L. Limbacher (narration author), Michael Whorf (narrator), John Muri (composer and performer), Joseph Siracuse (sound engineer), William Gyrofy (associate producer), and Dennis R. Atkinson (producer and supervisor). The rest of the film features scenes from The Gold Rush, with occasional narratorly comments.
African American  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Film  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous Gift in memory of Ernest (Ernie) R. Smith, Jazz Historian
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture