The Idle Class (1921)

by Charles Chaplin
Music composed by Charles Chaplin 1971, Music Associate Eric James, Orchestrated by Eric Rogers
Score arranged and adapted for live performance by Carl Davis


Chaplin was experimenting with new roles for his Tramp character. In The Idle Class (1921) he actually plays two roles - the Tramp and a rich young alcoholic husband. Between them they represent the Idle Rich and the Idle Poor. Everyone in the film is obsessed with America’s dominating passion of the time - the game of golf - and Chaplin has the opportunity for a gag-filled golfing sequence, the prototype for which he had made and abandoned five years before, during his Mutual years.

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Instrumentation for THE IDLE CLASS

Trailer of The Idle Class

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