The Immigrant (A Modern Columbus) (Broke) (Hello U.S.A.) (The New World)
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The Immigrant (A Modern Columbus) (Broke) (Hello U.S.A.) (The New World)
Charles Chaplin's next-to-last Mutual Studios 2-reeler is as funny as his other 11 Mutual entries, though there's a stronger inner lining of poignancy. En route by boat from an unnamed country, immigrant Chaplin tries to make the best of the nausea-inducing rough seas. He then befriends fellow emigree Edna Purviance and her ailing mother. Months pass: Chaplin meets Purviance in a restaurant. Quickly ascertaining that her mother has died, Chaplin appoints himself Purviance's protector. He even promises to pay for the meal; after all, he's just found a silver dollar on the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a dramatization of the immigration experience, the movie is hardly lighthearted - especially considering Chaplin's reputation as a sentimentalist."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It appealed largely to Charlie's urban working class audience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews