Fun Size Review: The Gold Rush (1925)

One of the icons of silent comedy in one of his most iconic films. Yes, I am referring to Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush, aka The One with the Edible Shoe and the Roll Dance.

Chaplin goes inky dark for this picture (it was partially inspired by the Donner Party) and it pays off in comedy gold. The idea of placing the very urban Little Tramp in the frozen north creates instant comedy and Chaplin adds in the pathos with one of his patented bittersweet romances; Georgia Hale is his leading lady this time around.

See it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll throw another log on the fire.

(The original 1925 cut lives up to its legendary reputation. The 1940s reissue with narration? Not so much.)


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Charlie strikes it rich and wins the love of Georgia, huzzah!

If it were a dessert it would be: Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie. Classic flavors with a twist.

Read my full-length review here. (I extensively compare the original cut and the sound reissue, if that’s your thing.)

Availability: Both versions of the film have been released on DVD and Bluray by the Criterion Collection.


  1. Birgit

    This film has a very special place in my heart. My dad and I watched it together when I was young and we were both laughing so hard, with tears in our eyes, when Chaplin was being chased around the cabin table by Max Swain…, so funny. It is a memory I treasure

  2. Dave T

    This is the film I try to watch during the first big blizzard each winter season. It’s definitely a personal favorite!

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