Showing posts with label Boxing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boxing. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Chaplin boxes Benny Leonard, 1918

This was posted by the Chaplin Official Facebook page today. Most of us have seen this footage before but the part at the beginning (around the :30 mark) where they are all standing around and saluting was new to me. You'll recognize Syd Chaplin in the background.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

THE CHAMPION, released March 11, 1915

Written and directed by Charles Chaplin.

Filmed in Niles, CA, this was his third film for Essanay.

Basic plot: Charlie takes a job as a sparring partner and ends up fighting the world champion.

Chaplin was a longtime fan of boxing. When he moved to California, one of his favorite hobbies was to attend the fights in Vernon. The fights were held on Tuesday, and every Tuesday Chaplin was there. And according to the other attendees, it was often more fun watching him than the fight: "Charlie goes through the whole fight with the fighters. He gets so excited that he ducks and dodges and punches with the prize-fighters. He scowls and cringes and sinks down in his seat. They say it is a strenuous experience to sit next to him. He fairly lacerates your ribs with his pantomime. Every time one of the fighters strikes out, Charlie strikes in sympathy." (Literary Digest, November 10, 1917)

Incidentally one of the last movies Chaplin ever saw, and thoroughly enjoyed, was Rocky, Sylvester Stallone's 1976 film about an underdog boxer.

Charlie's "persnickety pooch" who won't eat his half of the hot dog unless it's salted.
Charlie's training accoutrements: a very lightweight barbell & beer--lots of beer.
Edna, the trainer's daughter.
Charlie's pet bulldog doesn't like the way the fight is going.
On a sad note: Spike the dog was hit by a car and killed in Niles, CA, only a few weeks after
production was completed. 
"To the victor belong the spoils"

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Boxing on the set of THE PAWNSHOP, 1916

Charlie's opponent is Canadian boxing champion Johnny Coulon.*

*Thanks for the I.D., Dominique!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Boxing with Kid McCoy, March 1924

McCoy, center, referees a match between Charlie & Mack Swain, who is dressed in his costume for The Gold Rush.
Autographed photo. Charlie's inscription reads: "To One X Champ From Another X Champ. Charlie Chaplin"
More photos here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Charlie & Mack Swain with boxer Kid McCoy, 1924

McCoy referees a fight between Charlie & Mack Swain, who is wearing his costume from The Gold Rush.
Charlie is declared the winner and his prize is not one big belt, but several small ones.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012