Podcast Episode 3: Why Did Charlie Chaplin Reedit “The Gold Rush”? (with Jeffrey Vance)

Charlie Chaplin in
Charlie Chaplin in "The Gold Rush"

On the third episode of The Old Hollywood Times official podcast, host Wesley Emblidge talks with Charlie Chaplin biographer and archivist Jeffrey Vance about Chaplin’s oft-criticized 1942 rerelease of his 1925 silent film The Gold Rush. They discuss the differences between the two versions, Chaplin’s motivations behind those changes, and their favorite parts of both versions. Listen in below.

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Where to Watch The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush (1925)
Stream it on FilmStruck
Rent it on Amazon
Buy it on Blu-ray (Criterion, includes both versions) / DVD

The Gold Rush (1942)
Stream it on FilmStruck
Rent it on iTunes / Amazon
Buy it on Blu-ray (Criterion, includes both versions)

For More on The Gold Rush

Read Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema by guest Jeffrey Vance

Read the review of the 1925 version in The New York Times

Read two different reviews of the 1925 version in Variety

Read the review of the 1942 version in The New York Times

Read the review on the 1942 version in Variety

Read the 1941 Variety article that includes an interview with Chaplin about the film