Sunday, April 26, 2015

Travel Channel visits Chaplin filming locations

The show "Time Traveling With Brian Unger" will feature a piece called Tramping Through Hollywood tomorrow night (4/27) at 10:00PM.

http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/time-traveling-with-brian-unger/episodes/monuments-man-and-tramping-through-hollywood

7 comments:

  1. Thanks! Just set my DVR to capture it. I have the "Silent Traces" books about Chaplin and Keaton's film locations and just love those!

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    1. I saw on Facebook that "Silent Traces" author John Bengston was an advisor on the show.

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  2. This went by way too fast. They visited the Keystone studio site (now a public storage) to look at the ceiling rafters..then to Cuhuenga to see a spot from Tillie's, and a corner from "Kid Auto Races", then made the people wear Chaplin outfits to imitate him, then go to the studio and NOT GO INSIDE, and then end up in the alley where he finds the baby in "The Kid" (which looks as crapped out today as it did in 1920). I would have appreciated him going INTO the studio at least. Really a high level view - I mean, half of the 30 minute show was in Washington DC - Chaplin's sites could have been the whole show, or even two!

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    1. I was watching something else and switched over when the Chaplin section came on and watched until it went to commercial (I was DVRing it anyway). I only saw a couple of minutes but already found the host annoying and then he brought all of these other people into it. I knew then it wasn't going to be the kind of show I thought. I can't believe they don't go inside the studio but maybe they weren't allowed to for some reason. I've heard the Henson folks are nitpicky about such things.

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  3. Very disappointing. I went to the studio years ago when I was in LA, but could not talk myself in past security. A television crew for a major network can't do it though??? Come ON!

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    1. You have to wonder if they even tried. I watched the rest of the show tonight. It wasn't so bad. There were a couple of photos of Chaplin mixed in that I hadn't seen before so that was nice. It's always interesting to see how the filming locations look now & I liked the way they blended the then and now images. It was unfortunate that they took up so much time with those silly Chaplin impersonations when they could have shown another location site.

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