City Lights

The Little Tramp gets a man-panion in Charlie Chaplin's beloved 1931 film. Of course, the story is ostensibly about a blind girl (the utterly gorgeous Virginia Cherrill) who sells flowers by the side of the road. It's true that the film's funniest scene (a beautifully choreographed boxing match for which the Tramp is wholly unprepared) transpires because he's trying to win money to pay the girl's rent. But he bats his eyelashes at the other boxers beforehand! And the truly torrid affair is with a suicidal millionaire (Harry Myers) who loves the Tramp when he's drunk and claims not to know him when he's sober. After the Tramp saves the poor fellow's life, the two men have wild nights on the town (did the spaghetti hall scene inspire Lady and the Tramp?), sleep in the same bed, share the Rolls Royce, and bring each other bundles of flowers. It's all very romantic, but not in the way you've been led to believe. by Annie Wagner
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Charlie Chaplin, Charles Chaplin
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Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers