From any and all angles, the keynote is Charlie Chaplin, his return to the screen after an absence of almost five years in his first picture since "Modern Times." These are the elements which rate precedence over all others. Make certain further to keynote "The Great Dictator" as a comedy, loaded with typical Chaplin treatment, and make much of the fact that Charlie talks for the first time. Whether to center on Chaplin, as the tramp, or on Chaplin, as the dictator, ought to be carefully scrutinized on the basis of earlier experiences with films dealing with totalitarian ideas; probably, the former slant will be the one to hit upon. Stress the laugh content which is high.
Chaplin is back in his first picture in almost five years. United Artists 129 mins.