Friday, November 8, 2013
Martha Raye cracks up Charlie in an outtake from Monsieur Verdoux
During the first days of filming, Martha had such hero worship for Chaplin that she found it difficult to do her work, so she decided to calm her fears by calling him “Chuck” and being a good sport, Charlie in turn called her “Maggie” (her real name was Margaret). The two became fast friends. She would also yell “lunch!” if she felt Charlie was keeping everyone past lunchtime--something nobody else on the set would have had the nerve to do. According to others in the cast, it was sometimes difficult for “Chuck” & “Maggie” to get much accomplished when they had a scene together because they were too busy laughing and joking around. Raye said many years later that she learned more from Chaplin than anyone else she had ever worked with and that working with him was like “working with God."