Showing posts with label Franklin D. Roosevelt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Franklin D. Roosevelt. Show all posts

Monday, February 17, 2014

Liberty Loan rally, 1918

It's Presidents' Day here in the U.S. I hope some of you are enjoying a day off.

In the photo below, Charlie is kneeling with Marie Dressler in the front row. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks are behind them. Standing at left is future U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was then a New York state senator.1 FDR was not the only U.S. president that Chaplin met. In 1927, he was introduced to (future) president Herbert Hoover at a press dinner in New York City. 2

1Twenty-three years later, Chaplin would deliver the final speech from The Great Dictator at FDR’s third inaugural ball. You can listen to a recording of it here.
2Chaplin met Hoover again in 1940--also in New York City.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rare audio of Charlie delivering the final speech from The Great Dictator at the third inaugural ball of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 19th, 1941

Halfway through the speech Charlie’s throat gets dry & begins to crack (probably from nerves) and he pauses and asks for water. In his autobiography, Charlie recalled that a glass could not be found, so water was brought to him in an envelope.1

Charlie & Mickey Rooney, who also performed, talk to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
 at the inaugural gala which was held the evening before  the swearing-in ceremony
 (which Charlie also attended). 

1 Contemporary newspaper articles (as well as the announcer in the clip) say that master of ceremonies, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., brought Charlie a "glass" of water.