Saturday, July 20, 2013

With Konrad Bercovici, Chaplin Studios, c. early-mid '20s


  1. Now, if memory serves....this is the guy that said Chaplin used HIS ideas for Modern Times, correct? I don't feel like fishing out the books, but didn't they end up in court in the late thirties?

  2. It was actually The Great Dictator. Bercovici claimed the idea and the script were his own. He filed a multi-million dollar suit against Charlie in 1947 that was settled out of court.

    There was a plagiarism suit brought against Charlie in the late thirties by a man who wrote a book called "Against Gray Walls." I can't remember his name, but he claimed that Charlie lifted the plot of Modern Times from his book. Charlie won that case.