Showing posts with label Edgar Neville. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edgar Neville. Show all posts

Friday, July 1, 2016

Georgia Hale, 1930

Here's Georgia (left) with Eduardo Ugarte, Leonor Orstein, Edgar Neville (holding a rifle), José López Rubio and Tono. Ugarte, Neville, and Rubio were Spanish writers/filmmakers. Tono was a Spanish comedian (Ornstein was his wife). All had recently come to Hollywood from Spain and had spent time with Chaplin, especially Neville, who even had a bit part in City Lights. It's possible Chaplin took this photo.


And because I enjoy finding similarities in photos. I noticed that Georgia is wearing the same jacket in the photos below taken at Catalina Island, also in 1930, with Chaplin & a group of Russian filmmakers.

GH, Ivor Montagu, Sergei Eisenstein, Eduard Tisse, and CC (looking through binoculars)
Tisse, CC, GH, and Eisenstein
Same group, except Grigori Alexandrov replaces Tisse,
 and Charlie & Georgia decide to hold hands.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chaplin with Spanish screenwriter/director Edgar Neville on the set of City Lights, 1929

When Neville came to Hollywood from Madrid in 1929, he quickly became part of Chaplin's inner circle and spent a great deal of time on the set of City Lights. He even had a small part in the film as a policeman which was later cut.

Photos © Roy Export SAS.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Spanish journalist Marino Gomez-Santos delivers a letter to Chaplin from Edgar Neville

The following is a very loose translation of the events which were originally published in the Spanish newspaper, ABC, in 1968:

In February 1964, Spanish journalist, Marino Gomez-Santos and photographer Pepe Campúa drove to Chaplin's estate in Vevey to deliver a letter to him from Edgar Neville and perhaps try to get an interview. When they arrived, the front gate to the estate was open so they stepped inside and began walking up the path towards the house. Almost immediately Chaplin appeared from behind some trees. He was dressed in a cream-colored cashmere coat, a white shirt with no tie, a hat, and sunglasses. Chaplin told them that if they had a message, they could leave it with his secretary at the house. He stepped back three or four paces as if not wanting to break a barrier. He then asked them what they wanted. Gomez-Santos responded that they were Spaniards. "Journalists?" asked Chaplin. "Of course," he replied. "Call my secretary tomorrow. Now I want to finish my walk because my head hurts." Sensing that Chaplin was trying to get rid of them, the journalist acted quickly. He told Chaplin that Edgar Neville and Tono (the Spanish humorist) had told him much about him. "Ah, yes! Neville & Tone!" said Chaplin. "Is Neville still so fat? I saw him some years ago when we were in London. I hardly recognized him. When he came to Hollywood, he was young and athletic."1, 2 Chaplin smiled but only for an instant. He then rubbed his forehead, as if annoyed by the nostalgia of it all, sunk his hands deep into his pockets and took off to finish his walk. And that was that.

The full story (in Spanish) and more photographs can be found here:

Chaplin and Marino Gomez-Santos. Note that Chaplin is holding the letter from
Edgar Neville.
Chaplin runs away after his encounter with the journalists.

1Neville arrived in Hollywood in 1930 where he became a screenwriter for MGM. He became friends with Chaplin, often playing tennis at his house on the weekends.
2One might be compelled to point out to Chaplin that he was not as svelte in 1964 as he was in 1930 either.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Charlot y tres amigos

Charlie is seen here with Spanish writers/filmmakers José López Rubio (left), Edgar Neville (right) & Eduardo Ugarte (seated in front), on the tennis court of his Beverly Hills home, c. 1930.