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  • Fridge Logic: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment at the desk of the Tramp`s boss shows that he actually is reading a Sunday paper (the giveaway is a classical Sunday comics page at the back of the paper). That`s right: he has his staff working regular shifts on a Sunday.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The scene where The Tramp is arrested after being mistaken for a Communist becomes less humorous when you realize that this was the exact reason for Chaplin being refused re-entry into the United States in 1952. What's more, the Tramp finding prison more hospitable than the outside world eerily parallels Chaplin's own 20-year refusal to return to the United States, despite being eligible to apply for re-entry.
    Charlie Chaplin: Whether I re-entered that unhappy country or not was of little consequence to me. I would like to have told them that the sooner I was rid of that hate-beleaguered atmosphere the better, that I was fed up of America's insults and moral pomposity…
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  • Heartwarming Moments: Rather than the Tramp's usual ending of walking off alone, in his final appearance he gets to have someone by his side.
  • Mondegreen: Yes, in a silent movie! About halfway through the film, the gamine rubs her stomach and remarks that she's hungry; a number of viewers read her lips as saying "Shit, I'm hungry", but in fact, according to the script, she says "gee, I'm hungry".
  • Signature Scene: The Tramp going through the machine.
  • Values Resonance: The film has been praised of being even more relevant today with its satire of industry relations and the unprivileged in modern society.

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