Sunday, April 14, 2013

A DOG'S LIFE, released April 14th, 1918

This was Chaplin's first "Million Dollar Comedy" for First National, as well as the first film he made in his newly-built studio on La Brea in Hollywood.

"Scraps," also called Mut (or Mutt), was discovered among 21 dogs from the Los Angeles dog pound that were brought to the studio. Mut became so attached to Charlie that when the latter left for a cross-country Liberty Bond tour, he pined away for him, refused to eat, and died. He was buried on the grounds of the Chaplin Studios under a small marker that read: “Mut, died April 29th - a broken heart."

Mut's "obituary" in Moving Picture World, May 25th, 1918


  1. I've always wondered if this was true or the stuff of publicity legend.

    1. Mut's death and the epitaph were recorded in the studio production report for that day ("Chaplin: Genius Of The Cinema" by Jeffrey Vance)