The Gold Rush, American silent film comedy, released in 1925, that starred Charlie Chaplin and was set amid the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1890s. There are 6 Fascinating Facts About Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush.
1. It was partly inspired by the donner party
The Gold Rush (Sac Lo: Cuoc San Vang) has some pretty dark origins. Inspiration first struck Chaplin during a morning brunch with fellow movie stars and United Artists co-founders Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. After a leisurely breakfast, Chaplin decided to look at some stereoscopic cards, and discovered a particularly striking image of a lengthy line of prospectors during the 1898 Klondike gold rush, struggling to climb the Chilkoot Pass. Later, Chaplin read a book about the Donner Party, the American pioneers who turned to cannibalism after finding themselves snowbound in Sierra Nevada. The book also described members of the Donner Party eating their own moccasins. An image Chaplin would borrow for The Gold Rush.
2. It was banned by the nazis.
Long before Charlie Chaplin directly ridiculed Hitler and the Nazi party in The Great Dictator. He was considered an enemy of the Nazis, who believed him to be Jewish. In Chaplin: His Life and Art, biographer David Robinson explains:
“The Gold Rush was banned from the early years of the Third Reich, and Chaplin figured in a hideous publication attacking prominent international Jewish intellectuals. Along with Einstein, Mann, Reinhardt, and others, Chaplin’s portrait, crudely retouched to emphasize its ‘Hebraic’ features, was printed with an accompanying caption which dismissed him as ‘a little Jewish acrobat, as disgusting as he is tedious.’ Chaplin’s riposte, in The Great Dictator, was to play an overtly Jewish character, and to say, ‘I did this film for the Jews of the world.’ By this time he was adamant in his refusal ever to contradict any statement that he was a Jew. So he explained to Ivor Montagu, ‘Anyone who denies this in respect of himself plays into the hands of the anti-Semites.’”
3. The boot chaplin ate was made of licorice.
A notorious perfectionist, Chaplin had 20 pairs of licorice boots made for the scene in which the Lone Prospector and Big Jim McKay feast on a single shoe for their Thanksgiving dinner. The scene took three full days and 63 takes to capture and. According to Robinson, caused both actors to experience some “inconvenient laxative effects.”
4. The highest paid extra was a dog
While most of the extras in The Gold Rush were paid a base rate of $7.50 a day. One extra made nearly five times that. The dog who drags The Tramp around in the dance hall after he mistakenly uses its leash as a belt was paid a whopping $35 a day. And was on hire from Hal Roach Studios.
5. The new year’s eve dream sequence was inspired by an incident from Chaplin’s youth
The scene in which Chaplin is stood up by the dance hall girl and her friends on New Year’s Eve was. According to Robinson, inspired by an incident in Chaplin’s past. When the young Chaplin first began touring with a theater company as a young man. He “invited the members of another juvenile troupe, working another theater, to tea. The manager of the troupe would not let them go, but nobody informed Chaplin, who vainly waited for his guests.
6. Chaplin re-released it in 1942
So Chaplin (phim hai Sac Lo) re-released an updated version of The Gold Rush in 1942. Adding his own narration and a recorded musical score. In the updated version (which also cuts a few scenes, including the film’s final kiss). Chaplin, himself, provides not only narration, but dialogue for his characters.