Filming The Pilgrim
Made in 1922 and originally released in 1923, The Pilgrim was Chaplin’s last film of less than normal feature length - it ran for an hour - and the last in which his leading lady was the charming Edna Purviance. The film is a gentle satire on small-town life and religion, with Chaplin as an escaped convict mistaken for the new pastor of a rural community. When the film first came out it suffered a good deal from censorship in some more puritanical states and cities of the United States. Today we have no such problems with this charming comedy and its sharp but good-hearted fun at the expense of the small hypocrisies of life.
In 1959 Chaplin reissued A Dog’s Life, Shoulder Arms and The Pilgrim slightly re-edited, in his omnibus film, The Chaplin Revue. He composed scores for all three films, including the song, Bound For Texas, in The Pilgrim.
Adapted from a text by David Robinson / Copyright 2004 MK2 SA