In an age that increasingly produces controversial entertainment for children, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is offering a wholesome family-friendly alternative with a one-night showing of Charlie Chaplin’s popular movie, “The Gold Rush.” The Jan. 14 all-ages performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and will include live symphony music, originally composed for the 1925 silent film.

A comedy, written, directed and produced by Chaplin, the movie depicts the actor’s much beloved Little Tramp character, who travels north to join the Klondike gold rush. Trapped by a blizzard in a small cabin, he is forced to share close quarters with a successful prospector and a fugitive. Once the weather clears, The Tramp leaves the cabin and falls for a lovely barmaid, trying valiantly to win her affection. When the prospector needs help locating his claim, it appears the Tramp’s fortunes may change.

When the movie first debut, it was critically acclaimed, and it continues to be one of Chaplin’s most popular films, combining sickness, hunger, cold and loneliness with unparalleled physical comedy.

Chaplin repeatedly commented that “The Gold Rush” was the movie he most wanted to be remembered by.

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Anchorage Symphony revives classic Chaplin film – ‘The Gold Rush’

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Wow! Something worth going to see finally for once! Wow finally figured it out that all this garbage they put out now days is just that? Thank you for this. I’ve always loved Charlie Chaplin. Hope to see you their!

  • VS says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Our family is excited to go! Too bad they don’t have more wholesome, family appropriate options for Christians and conservatives.

  • PS says:

    One of the very few things that is family friendly at the PAC. However, most of their offerings are not worth taking my dog to! I’ll stick with the organizations and companies who consistently produce family friendly entertainment.

  • Me says:

    did you know that Chaplin performed in drag? pretty cool