Modern Times

Synopsis: Chaplins last 'silent' film, filled with sound effects, was made when everyone else was making talkies. Charlie turns against modern society, the machine age, (The use of sound in films ?) and progress. Firstly we see him frantically trying to keep up with a production line, tightening bolts. He is selected for an experiment with an automatic feeding machine, but various mishaps leads his boss to believe he has gone mad, and Charlie is sent to a mental hospital... When he gets out, he is mistaken for a communist while waving a red flag, sent to jail, foils a jailbreak, and is let out again. We follow Charlie through many more escapades before the film is out.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Charles Chaplin
Production: United Artists
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

Section 5, speed her up, 401.

Attention foreman, trouble on

bench 5, check nut tightening.

Nut coming through loose

on bench 5, attention foreman.


Section 5, more speed, 47.

Relieve man, passing,

relieve man, passing!

Quit stalling, get back to work!

Go on!

Good morning my friends.

This record comes to you through

the Sales Talk Transcription Co. Inc.

Your speaker,

the mechanical salesman.

May I introduce

Mr. J. Willacomb Bellows,

inventor of the Bellows

Feeding Machine,

a practical device which

automatically feeds your men at work.

Don't stop for lunch.

Be ahead of your competitor.

The Bellows feeding machine

will eliminate the lunch hour,

increase your production

and decrease your overhead.

Allow us to point out some of the

features of this wonderful machine.

Its beautiful aerodynamic

streamlined body,

its smoothness of action made silent

by electroporous metal ball bearings.

Let us acquaint you

with our automaton soup plate,

its compressed air blower,

no breath necessary,

no energy required to cool the soup.

Notice the revolving plate

with the automatic food pusher.

Observe our countershaft

double-knee action cornfeeder,

with its synchronized transmission,

which enables you to shift gears

by the mere tip of the tongue.

Then there is the hydrocompressed

sterilized mouth wiper.

Its factors of control insure

against spots on the shirt front.

These are but a few

of the delightful features

of the Bellows Feeding Machine.

Let us demonstrate with a worker.

Actions speak louder than words.


to keep ahead of your competitor,

you cannot ignore the importance

of the Bellows Feeding Machine.

Section 5, give it a limit.

Local news:
A pardon

was granted to the prisoner

who thwarted

the attempted city jail break.

Sheriff Couler will inform

the prisoner of the good news today.

If you are suffering from gastritis,

don't forget to try...

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