Limelight

A fading music hall comedian tries to help a despondent ballet dancer learn to walk and to again feel confident about life.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Calvero: Charlie Chaplin
  • Terry, a Dancer: Claire Bloom
  • Postant, an Impresario: Nigel Bruce
  • Calvero’s Partner: Buster Keaton
  • Neville: Sydney Chaplin
  • Bodalink: Norman Lloyd
  • Dancer: Andre Eglevsky
  • Mrs. Alsop: Marjorie Bennett
  • Thereza’s Doctor: Wheeler Dryden
  • John Redfern: Barry Bernard
  • Claudius: Stapleton Kent
  • Maid: Mollie Glessing
  • Street Musician: ‘Snub’ Pollard
  • Little Girl in Opening Scene (uncredited): Geraldine Chaplin
  • Extra (uncredited): Oona O’Neill Chaplin
  • Mrs. Parker (uncredited): Edna Purviance
  • Music Hall Performer (uncredited): Colin Kenny
  • Griffin – Clown Outside Stage Door: Cyril Delevanti
  • Dancer – Columbine: Melissa Hayden
  • …: Marion Gray

Film Crew:

  • Director of Photography: Karl Struss
  • Art Direction: Eugène Lourié
  • Original Story: Charlie Chaplin
  • Assistant Director: Robert Aldrich
  • Makeup Artist: Ted Larsen
  • Editor: Joe Inge

Movie Reviews:

  • barrymost: Chaplin’s masterpiece about the bittersweet romance between an aging, washed-up comedienne and the suicidal ballet dancer he rescues and takes under his wing is one of the greatest dramas I have ever seen. It’s a marvelous turn by Chaplin, who also directed, wrote the story and composed the score. Claire Bloom is simply wonderful as Chaplin’s despondent lover. Also notable is the singular teaming of the two Silent Era greats, Chaplin and Buster Keaton, who appears late in the film. The striking backstage story just gets better and better as it goes on, and every moment of the film is utterly worth it. When it comes to its heartbreaking crescendo of love, comedy, drama and one last give-it-your-all chance to shine in the spotlight, only the dourest of viewers could fail to shed a tear.
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