Sunday, June 12, 2016

Day By Day: 1936

A letter from Sydney

In this letter to Charlie, dated June 4th, 1936, Sydney gives a critical analysis of his younger brother's latest film, Modern Times, and suggests ideas for future projects, including a proposal to transform the Tramp into an animated character.







1Wheeler Dryden, Charlie and Sydney's half-brother, was in Java making a film with James A Fitzpatrick (better known as the narrater for Traveltalks)
2This was possibly a reaction to Chaplin's portrayal in Disney's Mickey's Polo Team.
3Minnie Chaplin died of breast cancer in September 1936.

Day By Day: 1936: A document of one year of Chaplin's life

4 comments:

  1. Geez Syd, tell us how you really feel! No paragraphs...?

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  2. At least Charlie didn't throw it into the ash can!
    Yeah, no paragraphs. I found it hard to follow at times. And like Charlie, he also struggled with spelling. But as he says at the end: "Chaucer had the same fault and got by with it."

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  3. Wow..no bitter grapes there! I became fascinated with Charlie Chaplin after seeing the movie "Chaplin". All of the books I've read so far certainly bore out a very different person indeed. But he fascinates me. This website is great...one night I spent reading for 3 hours! Keep it coming, I love it.

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    1. Three hours? Oh goodness. Well, thank you!

      Most of the "Chaplin" movie was fiction. The real story is much more interesting.

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