Saturday, October 5, 2013

Charlie & Paulette, 1938 1936

I have always been under the assumption that the following photos of Charlie & Paulette were taken at the Del Monte Resort in Pebble Beach during the summer of 1938, after Paulette had showed up out of the blue to reconcile with Charlie, who had been staying there in a rented house since February (read more about this story here).


Many contemporary newspaper articles, such as the one below, used the photos to show the newly reconciled couple hanging out at the resort: 

San Jose News, July 12th, 1938

Well, lo and behold, I have been wrong. Recently, I came across the photo of Charlie lighting up in a June 1936 issue of the London newspaper, The Daily Mail. The caption states that Charlie and Paulette had just returned from their trip to the Far East:

Daily Mail, June 17th, 1936

There's no way a photo taken in 1938 could show up in a newspaper in 1936, so it must have been taken in 1936. My mind immediately went to the photos of Charlie and Paulette aboard the SS Coolidge after they arrived in San Francisco on June 4th, 1936 (below). They are wearing the same clothing as the supposed "1938" photos (except Paulette is wearing a skirt & heels) & Paulette's hair is the same as well.

Jean Cocteau is posing with the couple on the right. 

The only conclusion I can draw is that the two must driven to the Del Monte shortly after their arrival in San Francisco (it's only a couple of hours away) & that's why these photos were used two years later to accompany articles about their reconciliation in Pebble Beach. At the time, who would have known that they were not taken the same year?

6 comments:

  1. oh wow! That is pretty interesting - I, too was under the assumption they were the Pebble Beach reunion photos. I saw the photo you posted a few days ago of them in Hawaii and always wondered why there weren't more photos of them there, before they left for the Far East. I'd only seen the ones of them on the ship with Duke and some other notables.

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    1. I have some others, but they are mostly of Charlie and Paulette separately. A couple of months ago, I posted these photos of Charlie having a meal with George Bernard Shaw in Honolulu during the same visit. Paulette was not present:
      http://discoveringchaplin.blogspot.com/2013/07/with-george-bernard-shaw-in-honolulu.html

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  2. and i had always thought those pictures were taken in summit drive. it's funny how we all attached a different location or year to this set of photos :D

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  3. There were a series of photos taken of CC & PG on Summit Drive in the mid-1930s. You might be thinking of those (Charlie's wearing a bow-tie; Paulette a dark-colored dress with a wide belt).

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    1. that must be it! i got these two sets confused or, rather, thought they are the same set.

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    2. I can see where it might be confusing. Paulette is wearing a very similar hair style, and (I just checked the dates) they were taken only a few months later.

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