Saturday, May 18, 2013

With his friend & political mentor, writer Rob Wagner

Wagner was the editor of Script Magazine, a New Yorker-style publication out of Los Angeles, which Charlie contributed to on a number of occasions.  He served as ghostwriter for Chaplin as well as press representative. He also made a brief appearance in the dance hall sequence of A Dog's Life (1918). It was most likely through Wagner that Charlie met two other intellectuals who helped shape his political viewpoint: Upton Sinclair and Max Eastman.

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  1. Didn't Charlie either support (monetarily) or speak for Upton Sinclair when he was running for office at one point in the 30's? And if book memory serves - was this one of the reasons that he was pilloried for political beliefs? One of the many. I read "The Jungle" in high school, and if that book doesn't turn you vegetarian for at least a week...you were only skimming the book.

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  2. Yes, he did speak for Upton Sinclair. Charlie was already on the FBI radar by that time, so I'm sure it didn't help matters.

    I've never read "The Jungle" but I read a similar book about 13 years ago and I've been a vegetarian ever since.

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  3. According to Duncan, and I suppose to the daily production reports, in A DOG'S LIFE, Rob Wagner is the inebriate rich man in tuxedo, attacked by the 2 thieves in a street, in a scene shot on March,18 1918. If it is really him, I don't understand why Wagner had only been mentioned so far simply as an extra in the dance hall scenes.
    D.

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    1. That man is definitely Wagner. Not sure why this scene is never mentioned since he is more recognizable. I don't even know where he is in the dance hall scenes.

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