City Lights DVD Charlie Chaplin
Made in 1931 shortly after the introduction of the talkies, Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is nonetheless near-silent. Chaplin was afraid that, should his universally known and beloved Tramp speak onscreen, he would be severely limited and compromised as a character. And so, City Lights is billed as "pantomime", a piece of cinema harking back to the manners and methods of an already defunct era.
Charlie Chaplin's 'little tramp' falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) and befriends a drunken millionaire (Harry Meyers). He takes on odd jobs to pay for an operation to return the flower girl's sight but gets the bulk of the money from the millionaire, whose life he has saved. When sober, however, the millionaire accuses the tramp of stealing the money and he is sent to prison.