The remarkable tale of how a workhouse lad from south-east London became one of Hollywood's greatest stars is captured in this film biography. Documented here is the deprived upbringing at the turn of the century of the young Charlie Chaplin, whose innate talents led him first into the music halls and West End theatres as a member of the great Fred Karno's troupe. Self-educated, his routines and skills on a tour of America brought him to the attention of Mack Sennett, who persuaded him to join the famous Keystone studios. As the film clips show, Chaplin's genius as an actor, writer and director were unparalleled - even when acting with rival Fatty Arbuckle. From high slapstick, through farce, to meticulous humour, these charming examples prove Chaplin's undeniable talent and impeccable timing - through the early 'shorts', as highlighted in this video, led Chaplin to the full-length features like "The Champion" and "Limelight". The sympathetic qualities of 'The Little Man' and his triumph over adversity have ensured Chaplin's genius has an enduring place in film history.