Showing posts with label A King in New York. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A King in New York. Show all posts

Friday, September 12, 2014

Outtake from A KING IN NEW YORK (1957)



British actress & singer Shani Wallis performs in this deleted scene from A King In New York.

Charlie wrote the music, lyrics, and, judging from the photos below, had a hand in the choreography as well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Italian newsreel announcing the release of MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Interspersed in the film are images from Chaplin's most recent (up to that time) trip to Italy in September 1957 when he was there to attend the premiere of A King In New York.  He is shown arriving at Ciampino airport in Rome and later being greeted by Dawn Addams, his leading lady in the film. Afterward he traveled on to Naples and the Island of Ischia to attend the premiere.

Chaplin's life story was published 50 years ago this month.

Source: Framepool

Thanks to Dominique for his help with the translation and some extra info.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

With Dawn Addams in A King In New York (1957)

"Break through" was his favorite instruction....Another thing he taught me was not to nod my head when I was acting. This infuriated him. "Remember to be definite," he said, "moving your head is indefinite. Only make a move when it means something." (Dawn Addams,"Films & Filming, 1957)
One of the very first lessons young Charlie learned half a century earlier from his mentor H.A. Saintsbury was not to move his head too much while acting.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chaplin’s signed fingerprints from A King In New York


When Charlie/King Shahdov was fingerprinted during the filming of a scene, the fingerprint sheet was thrown out. An admirer fished it out of the trash and asked if she could have it. Chaplin approved, and offered to sign it, which he did, with the inscription: “The Culprit - Charlie Chaplin”.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A King In New York, released September 12th, 1957*

Chaplin plays King Shahdov, a deposed monarch who seeks refuge in America.
Shahdov pantomimes an order for caviar in a loud nightclub.
 On the left is Oliver Johnston who is excellent as the long-suffering Ambassador Jaume.

After watching Dawn Addams (Ann Kay) taking a bath through a keyhole,
Shahdov becomes so excited that he leaps into his own tub.
Chaplin had filmed many takes of this scene but the gag wasn't coming off,
according to associate producer Jerry Epstein.  Annoyed, Chaplin did one last take.
This time he hit his head on the porcelain and it made a loud crack.
Epstein recalled that you could have heard a pin drop on the set, but Charlie stood up, rubbed his head,
and said, "Good or bad, it goes."

Chaplin directs Shani Wallis' nightclub scene which was deleted from the film.
Charlie with son, Michael, who plays Rupert. 
Publicity shot of Dawn Addams, who played Ann Kay.
Addams became friends with Charlie & Oona after she auditioned for the role of Terry in Limelight.
 She later recalled that Charlie's favorite acting instruction to her  was "break though."
"Remember to be definite," he said, "moving your head is indefinite.
Only make a move when it means something."
This was a lesson Chaplin learned 50 years earlier from H.A. Saintsbury
who told him not to move his head too much while acting.

*This was the date of the UK release. The film wasn't released in the U.S. until 1972.