The Gold Rush The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush

Charles Chaplin

The Gold Rush (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1942
  • 72 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #615

Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork—which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)—forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featuring such timeless gags as the dance of the dinner rolls and the meal of boiled shoe leather, The Gold Rush is an indelible work of heartwarming hilarity. This special edition features both Chaplin’s definitive 1942 version, for which the director added new music and narration, and a new restoration of the original 1925 silent film.


The Lone ProspectorCharles Chaplin
Big Jim McKayMack Swain
Black LarsenTom Murray
Hank CurtisHenry Bergman
Jack CameronMalcolm Waite
GeorgiaGeorgia Hale
Georgia's friendsBetty Morrissey
Joan Lowell
Kay Deslys
BarmanStanley "Tiny" Sandford


DirectorCharles Chaplin
Written byCharles Chaplin
Original music byCharles Chaplin
Musical directorMax Terr
Director of photographyRoland Totheroh
Production designCharles D. Hall
Narration written and spoken byCharles Chaplin
Film editorsCharles Chaplin and Harold E. McGhan
Editorial supervisorEdward Manson
Production managerAlfred Reeves
Sound editorsHarold E. McGhan and James L. Fields
Sound recordistsPete Decker and W. M. Dalgleish
Assistant directorsHenri D'Abbadie D'Arrast and A. Edward Sutherland
Associate directorCharles Reisner
Camera operatorsMark Marlatt and Jack Wilson
PaintersPeter Stitch and Mr. Wood
Script supervisorDella Steele
Bear wranglerBud White
Dedicated toAlexander Woollcott

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration of the 1942 sound version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New 2K digital transfer of the reconstructed original 1925 silent film, restored in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with a newly recorded adaptation of director Charlie Chaplin’s score, presented in 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary for the 1925 version by Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
  • Three new programs: Presenting “The Gold Rush,” which traces the film’s history
    and features filmmaker Kevin Brownlow and Vance; A Time of Innovation: Visual Effects in “The Gold Rush,” featuring effects specialist Craig Barron and Chaplin cinematographer Roland Totheroh; and Music by Charles Chaplin, featuring conductor and composer Timothy Brock
  • Chaplin Today: “The Gold Rush” (2002), a short documentary featuring filmmaker Idrissa Ouédraogo
  • Four trailers
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Luc Sante and James Agee’s review of the 1942 rerelease

    New cover by Patrick Leger

Film Essays


The Gold Rush: As Good as Gold

By Luc Sante June 11, 2012

Charlie Chaplin’s transcendent, visionary comedy is made up of one iconic moment after another. Read more »



Timothy Brock on Restoring Charlie Chaplin’s Sound

By Hillary Weston May 26, 2016

Last week, conductor and composer Timothy Brock led the New York Philharmonic in a live orchestral performance of the score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 film City Lights. The next day, he stopped . . . Read more »


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10 Things I Learned

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By Abbey Lustgarten June 13, 2012


Film Essays


The Gold Rush: As Good as Gold

By Luc Sante June 11, 2012

Charlie Chaplin’s transcendent, visionary comedy is made up of one iconic moment after another. Read more »

Behind the Scenes

Three Reasons

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