Sunday, October 20, 2013

Deleted scenes from Shoulder Arms

The film was originally to have opened with scenes featuring Charlie’s miserable home life, which he is happy to leave when he gets drafted into the Army. Chaplin shot and edited these scenes, but chose to discard them and begin the movie with Charlie already a soldier. In the deleted footage, we see Charlie walking with his three sons, communicating with his mean wife who hurls objects at him off-screen (and whose girth is implied from her laundry), and Charlie’s army physical with Dr. Francis Maud, played by Albert Austin.


  1. I particularly enjoyed him undressing and taking the pieces off over the cane.