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The Missing Link Details


The talent Syd Chaplin once again proves that he was much, much more than merely Charlie Chaplin's brother in Charlie Chaplin. This time Syd plays Arthur Wells, the valet to famed scientist-explorer Lord Dryden (Crauford Kent). Terribly shy around women, Dryden trades places with Arthur for social purposes. As a result, our hero, who's deathly afraid of animals, is called upon to head an expedition into darkest Africa in search of "the missing link." Though the "African" settings are patently phony, Syd Chaplin's buffoonery more than compensates for any production shortcomings. Original prints of Charlie Chaplin were outfitted with a Vitaphone musical score, arranged by the extremely busy Erno Rapee. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 22, 1927


Sidney Chaplin
as Arthur Wells
Ruth Hiatt
as Beatrice Braden
Crauford Kent
as Lord Dryden
Ruth Hall


Charles "Chuck" Riesner
Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
Screen Story