Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chaplin rehearses a scene for THE GREAT DICTATOR

Source: Syd Chaplin: A Biography by Lisa K. Stein

Sydney Chaplin is standing at far right. Sydney, who had been absent from Hollywood since 1927, came to work for Charlie on the set of The Great Dictator. Although he was never given a title or had any real authority, it was Sydney who suggested Jack Oakie for the role of Benzino Napaloni.

Another note: most of the signs in the ghetto scenes are in the international language Esperanto. Read more about Esperanto & The Great Dictator here.


  1. hey, that's the little girl who reports back to Hannah that Charlie is "polishing a bald man's head"!

    1. Ah, that's who she is! All I had was her name: Francesca Santoro.

  2. That little girl is one of my favorite parts of the entire movie because it is just so random and adorable. I love it when I see Charlie playing with the children on his set or the kids that come to visit him. Its sweet.

  3. I didn't know Syd came back to the USA to work. Was his legal problem with a young lady in America or Europe ?