The Tramp

Synopsis: Charlie is a tramp on the road. A hobo manages to exchange Charlie's sandwich for a brick so Charlie must eat grass. The same hobo molests a farmer's daughter; Charlie comes to aid with the help of the brick. When two more hobos show up Charlie throws all three into a lake. The grateful girl takes Charlie home where he fails as a farmhand. He again helps drive off the hobos (who are now trying to break into the house). The girl's fiance arrives. Though a hero, Charlie, knowing he must go, writes a farewell note and leaves for the open road.
Genre: Comedy, Short
Director(s): Charles Chaplin
Production: Essanay
26 min

Spice for the front page, isn't it?

- All you can think of are...

headlines for the front page.

- Oh, drop it!

Here comes Judge Raghunath

Such a gentleman! Why on earth

did that goon want to kill him?

Here comes your friend

Is the jury in place?

Yes, my Lord. Present

Is the accused present?

- Present, my Lord

Who is the counsel for the accused?

Who is the counsel for the accused?

Have you no lawyer

to defend your case?

In that case, the government...

My Lord

I'm the counsel for the accused

I do not wish to defend myself

I promised to defend you, if

you're ever arraigned. Remember?

Does the accused give his consent?


Raj, you have been accused of

a murderous attack on Judge Raghunath

You may plead your case

I swear to speak the truth

Judge Raghunath, can you tell us

why the accused tried to kill you?

Did he have any enmity with you?

Yes. The grudge that a born felon

bears against the judge...

who sentences him and

grants no reprieve

Could there be no other reason

for such animosity?

None. How else could I

relate to him?

I have no further questions

Defense may proceed with


Judge, you are senior to me

If in the course of questioning,

I happen to affront you...

do forgive me. Someone's life is

at stake. And you have taught me...

to ignore all relationships for

the dispensation of justice

This is my first interrogation.

Please give me your blessings

What do you mean when you call

the accused a born felon?

He has been a tramp and a hoodlum...

ever since he was a child.

His record says it

This penchant for crime has surely

been transmitted congenitally

Judge, do you have any children?


But how is this question relevant

to this case?

Most relevant. Think again. Are you

certain that you have no children?

No. But I reiterate. This question...

- Can you recount the circumstance...

when you threw your wife

out of your house?

My Lord, am I to be forced to reply

to such meaningless questions?

Ms Rita, you may ask questions

relevant only to the case

We wish to know whether or not,

the accused attempted murder

If yes, then why?

Enough! Stop it! I'm a murderer!

Hang me if you will!

Proceed with your questioning

The accused does not deny having

assaulted Judge Raghunath

But, as you said just now,

the question is why he did it

This interrogation is meant

to reveal the answer...

if you my Lord, and Judge Raghunath

repose your trust in me for a while

You may proceed

I repeat my question.

Can you recount the circumstance...

when you threw your wife

out of your house?

I beg your pardon, Judge Raghunath,

but this question is very important

And not only for the accused.

For you too

The cause of whatever is happening

today, lies rooted in your past


Can you tell us? Why, when

and under what circumstance...

did you throw your wife

out of your house?

I was practicing law in Lucknow

I was the black sheep of the family,

because I opposed social norm...

and I had married a widow.

My father was a big gun

and was away in Bombay most of the

time. He was unhappy with me

But under no circumstance,

was I willing to leave Leela

She was so good to me.

She was such a good woman

And I was in love with her

But once, on our way from

Kanpur to Allahabad...

little did I realize that

like a boat in midstream...

my life too was to be caught

in cross currents

"Cross currents in the midstream"


"In the current you will sink or sail"


"The open skies"

"Careful sailor"

"Your boat is headed into a storm"

"Restless flow the deep waters"

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Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (7 June 1914 – 1 June 1987), popularly known as K. A. Abbas, was an Indian film director, screenwriter, novelist, and a journalist in the Urdu, Hindi and English languages. He won four National Film Awards in India. As a director and screenwriter, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas is considered one of the pioneers of Indian parallel or neo-realistic cinema, and as a screenwriter he is also known for writing Raj Kapoor's best films.As a director, he made a number of important Hindi-Urdu films. Dharti Ke Lal (1946), about the Bengal famine of 1943, was one of Indian cinema's first social-realist films, and opened up the overseas market for Indian films in the Soviet Union. Pardesi (1957) was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Shehar Aur Sapna (1963) won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, while Saat Hindustani (1969) and Do Boond Pani (1972) both won the National Film Awards for Best Feature Film on National Integration. As a screenwriter, he penned a number of neo-realistic films, such as Dharti Ke Lal (which he directed), Neecha Nagar (1946) which won the Palme d'Or at the first Cannes Film Festival, Naya Sansar (1941), Jagte Raho (1956), and Saat Hindustani (which he also directed). He is also known for writing the best of Raj Kapoor's films, including the Palme d'Or nominated Awaara (1951), as well as Shree 420 (1955), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1973) and Henna (1991).His column ‘Last Page’ holds the distinction of being one of the longest-running columns in the history of Indian journalism. The column began in 1935, in The Bombay Chronicle, and moved to the Blitz after the Chronicle's closure, where it continued until his death in 1987. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1969. more…

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