A Dog's Life

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A Dog's Life is a 1918 American short silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin's first film for First National Films. It was part of a then groundbreaking $1 million contract.[1] It was for a total of eight 3 reel short silent films.[2]

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A Dog's Life
Theatrical poster
Directed byCharlie Chaplin
Written byCharlie Chaplin
Produced byCharlie Chaplin
StarringCharlie Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Syd Chaplin
Henry Bergman
Charles Reisner
Albert Austin
Tom Wilson
CinematographyRoland Totheroh
Edited byCharlie Chaplin (uncredited)
Music byCharlie Chaplin (in 1957 released as part of The Chaplin Revue)
Distributed byFirst National Pictures Inc.
Release date
  • April 14, 1918 (1918-04-14)
Running time
33 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
English (original intertitles)
A Dog's Life

Chaplin plays opposite an animal as "co-star". "Scraps" (the dog) was the hero in this film, as he helps Charlie and Edna towards a better life. Edna Purviance plays a dance hall singer and Charlie Chaplin, The Tramp. Sydney Chaplin (Chaplin's brother) had a small role in this film; this was the first time the two brothers were on screen together.[3]

Charles Lapworth, a former newspaper editor who had met Chaplin when he interviewed him, took a role as a consultant on the film.[4]