Seattle at last! I am interviewed by the press. Everyone seems warm and friendly. Something has happened to America since I've been away. That youthful spirit born of prosperity and success has worn off and in its place there are a maturity and sobriety. 1
"Get the best train, Kono," he said. "Let's be comfortable."2
Next Charlie was asked, as he was many times during his tour, "Will he make a talkie?"
"I can express more with a gesture than hundreds of words. A lot of actors talk too much. Maybe they want to prove they can. There are a hundred talkies to one silent picture. You have to distinguish yourself some way, you know."
He mentioned that he had been working out the plot for his new picture and writing some of his own music for it. He had not selected a leading lady but he saw "a couple of peaches" in Europe.
"Will you ever marry again, Charlie?"
"Well," he smiled, "I wouldn't get myself all dressed up and go out with that idea in mind. After all, there's no sense in being too deliberate about a thing...You can't tell what might happen. I'm glad I'm still young enough for these romantic rumors."3
|Charlie is "interviewed by the press"|
What was he going to do until his train left at noon?
"Well," Charlie said, "I think I'll take a drive around this lovely city of..." he hesitated & looked at Kono.
"Seattle," Kono said, "Lovely Seattle!"4
Charlie arrives back in Los Angeles on June 16th. Stay tuned for his homecoming...
*Kono's recollection of events is slightly different than what is found in contemporary articles. According to him, Chaplin would not leave his cabin because he was in the throes of writing out his economic plan and insisted that Kono find him a stenographer. When Kono told him that the immigration officials were waiting to see him, Chaplin told him to have them come to him. The long-suffering Kono eventually persuaded an officer to come to his cabin after he convinced him that the man inside was Charlie Chaplin. Kono then went hunting for a stenographer--the "homeliest" one he could find. A few hours later, Kono returned to the cabin after visiting with friends (Kono lived & went to school in Seattle for several years) and basically stuffed the stenographer's pile of typed sheets in a briefcase and pushed Charlie off the boat and into a taxi so they could get to the train station in time. (Gerith Von Ulm, Charlie Chaplin: King of Tragedy, 1940)
1Charles Chaplin, "A Comedian Sees The World," Woman's Home Companion, January 1934
2Seattle Times, June 14, 1932
3Bellingham Herald, June 14, 1932
4Seattle Times, June 14, 1932