Thursday, October 2, 2014

United Artists meeting, September 1935

L-R: Robert Fairbanks (brother of Douglas), Samuel Goldwyn, Mary Pickford, CC (note his partially dyed hair for the filming of Modern Times), & Alexander Korda.

Chaplin credits Korda for being the first to suggest that he should do a Hitler story based on mistaken identity (The Great Dictator).


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  1. Why would Chaplin only dye one portion of his hair? I am confused by that.

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    1. I don't know. He did that in THE CIRCUS as well. You will notice that in some scenes, particularly the ones on the tightrope, the front of his hair is very black while the back is salt and pepper. Another explanation could be that he added more dye to the front and it didn't wash out as easily.

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  2. it looks like a bad toupee! I am surprised his vanity allowed this look.

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  3. It does look like a toupee.

    I was surprised to see this meeting of the minds with the moguls. I guess I thought there would be a forever feud between UA and the big MGM lion. Did Sam Goldwyn go off on his own away from Louis B?

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  4. God, they had great curtains back then!

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  5. Maybe that's where Jay Leno got inspired. First it was dark hair with a white patch in front and then vice versa I believe.

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  6. Mary got divorced two years earlier and was then with Buddy Rogers who was eleven years her junior. She commented at one time that "Doug was a little boy who never grew up"....but maybe she loved the young at heart.

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  7. I wish Charlie would have let other people dye his hair. Sometimes it just looked so terrible.

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    1. He did have it professionally dyed for City Lights so I assume he did for Modern Times as well. I wish we could see the rest of his head so we could know if it's really just the front that is dyed or it just looks that way.

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