Set in 1914 London, the film stars Chaplin as an aging music hall comic who's convinced he can no longer move people to laughter. But he gets a final opportunity to shine when he saves a young, equally desperate ballet dancer from suicide, then guides her to triumph on the stage.
Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her ex-husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with a young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is...
3) The general
Rejected by the Confederate Army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved, an engineer sets out to win the Civil War single handedly with the help of his cherished locomotive. The film simltaneously comic and historically accurate in its details.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928): Follows the adventures of a spoiled young man forced by his father to learn the ropes of riverboating. Convict 13 (1920): Keaton struggles for survival inside prison walls. Daydreams (1922): Keaton tries to find his niche by trying out various professions.
The cameraman: "Keaton plays a tintype street photographer who tries his hand as a freelance newsreel cameraman in order to win the affection of a girl who works at a newsreel company." -- Container. Spite marriage: "A jilted actress pops the question to hapless admirer Keaton. The result is a marriage made in comedy heaven, filled with pursuits, rescues and slapstick. The landmark routine of putting the inebriated bride to bed became a staple of...