[[caption-width-right:350:Alone in a crowd.]]

''The Gold Rush'' is a 1925 film directed by, written by, and starring Creator/CharlieChaplin.

Chaplin plays "The Lone Prospector", that is, the Tramp in Alaska during the Alaska Gold Rush. Charlie, blundering around the snowy mountains, winds up stuck in a cabin with considerably more competent prospector Big Jim [=McKay=] (Mack Swain). Big Jim and Charlie are reduced to eating Charlie's shoe, and Big Jim nearly eats Charlie before Charlie finally shoots a bear. After eating they part ways amicably. Big Jim stumbles across a very rich gold strike ("a mountain of gold!") as well as fugitive murderer Black Larsen (Tom Murray), who hits Jim in the head, causing him to have amnesia.

Charlie makes his way into the nearest gold rush boom town, gets a job cabin-sitting for another prospector, and falls in love with haughty dance-hall girl Georgia ([[TheDanza Georgia Hale]]). Georgia loves another, ladies' man Jack Cameron, and teases Charlie. Eventually Big Jim, who remembers that he found a mountain of gold but can't remember where it is, runs into Charlie in the town and gets Charlie to lead him back to where the claim was. Will the Lone Prospector find riches and true love?

Often cited as Creator/CharlieChaplin's masterpiece, and reportedly Chaplin's favorite of his own films. He re-released in 1942, in a version crafted for sound that replaced all the title cards with Chaplin's own narration. The newer version also revised a plot point (Georgia's letter) and cut TheBigDamnKiss from the end of the movie.

The 1925 film can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk2Gpiy1KA8 here]], and the 1942 sound version can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrqpsYK2rBI here]].

!!This film provides examples of:

* AccidentalAimingSkills: When Big Jim and Black Larsen struggle over a shotgun, the gun always winds up pointing at Charlie, no matter where he tries to hide in the cabin.
* AloneInACrowd: A memorable scene when Charlie first enters the dance hall. He stands at the edge of a crowd of people. Then the music starts playing, and everyone hits the dance floor, leaving Charlie watching, alone.
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted. Bears taste better than shoes.
** Somehow played straight and averted at the beginning, when nearly as soon as the Tramp appears, already only wearing his Tramp clothes in a blizzard and wandering lost in the mountains, he starts getting followed by a bear without noticing. ...but then they just go in different directions after awhile. In the meantime, it is hysterical.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Yup, it's a HappyEnding (in the 1925 cut only).
* TheBully: Jack is a creep who delights in picking on Charlie.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Black Larsen.]]
* EatingShoes: Chaplin is the TropeNamer.
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* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Chaplin re-released the film in 1942 with a new musical score. He also added sound effects to the film, and replaced the silent movie title cards with descriptive voice-over narration.
* GoldDigger: A mild version considering Georgina does not hide that she is looking for a rich husband in the Klondike, but she's a nice enough woman whose love happens to have a price, but Charlie is willing and able to pay it in the end.
%%* GoldFever
* GunStruggle: Big Jim and Black Larson struggle for a shotgun while Charlie tries to stay out of the conflict.
* HangoverSensitivity: Charlie gets hammered on whatever's in Big Jim's flask. He wakes up the next morning with a hangover, so when everything starts swaying, that's what he blames it on.
* HappyEnding: One of the very few pure, unadulterated ones in the Chaplin canon where Charlie not only becomes a millionaire, but gets the girl afterward. It's even lampshaded in the 1942 narration.
* HeelRealization: Georgia has this when she, her girlfriends, and Jack all barge into Charlie's cabin on New Year's, only to find the elaborate party that he had prepared for them.
* ImagineSpot: Chaplin's character is playing out the New Years Eve party in his head including being fondled by Georgia. He couldn't be further from the truth.
* IrisOut: The film opens with an Iris In effect.
* LargeHam: Jim is a large person so his gestures and dialogue are over-the-top.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After Black Larson attacks Jim, he soon meets his demise when the snow collapses beneath him sending him falling down a cliff.
* LastMinuteHookup: Between Chaplin and Georgia after both [[ContrivedCoincidence coincidentally]] board the same boat.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The photographer at the end who tries to stop TheBigDamnKiss, shouting "You're ruining the picture!". This might have been Chaplin expressing mixed emotions about that scene, since he deleted it from the 1942 ReCut.
* LiteralCliffhanger: Jim and Charlie's cabin winds up teetering on the edge of a cliff, with Charlie hanging from the door.
* MeatOVision: Jim sees Charlie as a chicken. Possibly the TropeMaker.
* MistakenMessage: Georgia writes an apologetic love letter to [[TheHeavy her boyfriend]], and he gives it to the Tramp as a cruel prank. The 1942 re-cut version changed this so that Georgia writes the note for the Tramp, making their LastMinuteHookup less unexpected.
* {{Narrator}}: Chaplin in the 1942 version.
* NewYearHasCome: Charlie plans a fancy party for New Year's for Georgia and her friends. After they stand him up, he wanders down to the dance hall and watches everyone sing "Auld Lang Syne".
* NoNameGiven: As usual with Charlie's character.
* PrettyInMink: Georgia and her playmates look fancy in fur coats.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Although a completely accidental one. Georgia stumbles upon Charlie on the boat, dressed in his tattered prospector's clothes. Believing him to be a stowaway, she tries to hide him from the stewards, and even offers to pay his fare when the stewards catch him.
* SnowedIn: The first cabin sequence, wherein Jim and Charlie are trapped and starving.
* TastesLikeChicken: The film has a pantomime version of it as Charlie eats his boot like it was a chicken.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Jim, who is whacked on the head by Black Larsen, wanders back into town in a daze, and can't remember how to get to his gold claim.
* WantedPoster: How we find out about Black Larsen.
* WealthyEverAfter: Charlie and Big Jim find the mountain of gold at great personal risk and the story ends with them leaving the Klondike rich.