A Dog's Life
Theatrical poster to A Dog's Life
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Charlie Chaplin
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplin
Edna Purviance
Syd Chaplin
Henry Bergman
Charles Reisner
Albert Austin
Tom Wilson
Music by Charlie Chaplin (in 1957 released as part of The Chaplin Revue)
Cinematography Roland Totheroh
Editing by Charlie Chaplin (uncredited)
Distributed by First National Pictures Inc.
Release date(s) April 14, 1918
Running time 33 min.
Country US
Language Silent film
English (original intertitles)

A Dog's Life (1918) is a silent film written, produced and directed by Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin's first film for First National Films.

Chaplin plays opposite an animal as "co-star". "Scraps" (the dog) was the hero in this film, as he helps Charlie and Edna toward a better life. Edna Purviance plays a dance hall singer and Charlie Chaplin, The Tramp. Sydney Chaplin (Chaplin's brother) had a small role in this film; this was the first time the two brothers were on screen together.

Charles Lapworth, a former newspaper editor who had met Chaplin when he interviewed him, took a role as a consultant on the film.[1]

Other films where dogs appeared on screen with Chaplin were The Champion (1915), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936).



  1. Tom Stempel, Framework: a history of screenwriting in the American film, p.33

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