Monday, August 31, 2015

Charlie gives Doug & Mary a lift home from the train station in Pasadena

"The Big Three" in Charlie's new Rolls Royce. Mary puts on a brave face.

After several months traveling in Europe, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were back in California. "Although all sizes and varieties of machines were drawn up for the purpose of taking Douglas and Mary back to Hollywood," the Los Angeles Times reported, "Charlie Chaplin, fairly oozing pride in a new blue roadster, literally pushed them into it. Mary, plainly hesitant at risking her life to Charlie's driving, kept remonstrating, 'But Charlie, are you sure you can drive?' The famous comedian, frowning at her lack of faith, merely shoved in the clutch and they were off. At a late hour last night no casualties had been reported, so it is assumed that Charlie can drive."

Safely home at Pickfair


  1. I heard a story about this event once, while Mary and Doug were traveling in Europe Charlie was house sitting for them and their pet parrot had died so Charlie decided to get the bird stuffed, I can't remember why but I think it was to be a strange surprise for them when they got home.

    1. I've never heard that story but it seems a bit far-fetched to me. There is another photo from this homecoming that shows Charlie holding a bird. Perhaps the story came from that. I don't know. Charlie himself had a pet parrot. I don't know if Doug & Mary did. Plus I find it unlikely that Charlie would housesit for them. I'm sure they had plenty of servants for that.

    2. Yeah I wasn't to sure whether it was true or not but according to a Mary Pickford documentary I watched it is, but who knows, in the documentary they also said that as joke Charlie refuse to let them back in the house and a home video of that was shown as they were explaining that story and the bird one.