Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Newsreel footage, April 1927

The following newsreel shows Chaplin, Mrs. James Walker, wife of the Mayor of New York City, and Manhattan Borough President, Julius Miller, riding in a stagecoach around Manhattan promoting "Slippery Gulch," a charity fundraiser. That's Charlie sitting on top of the stagecoach at the beginning, holding a whip and wearing a big hat. There are some nice closeups of him around the 1:14 mark.

Chaplin had been in New York since January of that year, staying at the apartment of his lawyer, Nathan Burkan, while his divorce from Lita Grey was in litigation. Shortly after his arrival he'd had a nervous breakdown and had not been seen in public for a while--hence the following headline:

Greensboro Record, May 22, 1927
"In" should be "Is" in the headline.

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