Creator/CharlieChaplin 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=] (Creator/MackSwain). 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 (Creator/TomMurray), 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 (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?

Considered by some to be Creator/CharlieChaplin's masterpiece. Added to the National Film Registry with the Registry's fourth induction class, in 1992.

The 1925 film can be seen [[ here]], and the 1942 sound version can be seen [[ here]].
!This film provides examples of:
* 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.
* TheDanza: Georgia.
* EatingShoes: Chaplin is the TropeNamer.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* TheGayNineties
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Chaplin released a new version of this film in 1942 with sound. He added an original score and replaced all the title cards with his own narration. Some alternate shots were used, a key plot point was changed (Georgia's love letter to Jack becomes a love letter to Charlie) and the last scene was cut from the film. The Chaplin estate appears to consider this the definitive version, as it was on Disc 1 of the recent DVD release and the 1925 original was an "extra" on Disc 2.
** An alternative interpretation is that the silent version was only mastered for video in SD, and it would have been too difficult or expensive to remaster it in HD for the Blu-Ray.
* GoldFever
* 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.
* IAteWhat?: Charlie's shoe.
* 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: the cabin.
* MeatOVision: Jim sees Charlie as a chicken. Possibly the TropeMaker.
* {{Narrator}}: Chaplin in the 1942 version.
* NewYearHasCome: Jim finds Charlie at the New Year's party.
* NoNameGiven: As usual with Charlie's character.
* ReCut: See the details on the GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion.
* RomanceOnTheSet: As was Chaplin's habit with almost all of his female costars. Hale would later say of TheBigDamnKiss that "that was not acting".
* 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.
* SnowedIn: the first cabin sequence.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Jim.
* 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.