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The movie is about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up. Years later the devoted 'father and son' are threatened by meddling social workers, until the climactic return of his real mom smooths out things for all, including our hero.
While it will move people to uproarious laughter and keep them in a state of uneasing delight, it also will touch their hearts and win sympathy, not only for the star, but for his leading woman, and little Jackie Coogan.
[VIDEO ESSAY] "The Kid" is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form. It is a nurturing comic movie that never gets old, regardless of how many times you watch it.