Showing posts with label Georgia Hale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Georgia Hale. 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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hollywood party at Fay Wray's, 1930

From New Movie, December 1930

Charlie is 4th from left. His date, Georgia Hale, is on his right holding a cat.
Charlie is in the center holding a little megaphone.

Of course, Charlie's hair is dyed black for the filming of City Lights. Read more about the party here.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Charlie & "Pet"

According to Georgia Hale (leading lady from The Gold Rush), Charlie's parrot, named Pet, was bright green and red and he kept him on a large enclosed porch:
[Pet] greeted him with a warm 'Hello Charlie' every evening on his return home. Charlie said, "I’ve had Pet for many years. He’s now part of the family, and I just love him. He has cheered my heart many times with his happy 'Hello'"1
Another person to witness Chaplin with his pet parrot was Austrian journalist, Arnold Höllriegel, who visited Chaplin's Beverly Hills home in 1928:
When our talk was over he took us to the garden. My traveling companion, Max Goldschmidt, begged to be allowed to take photographs, and Chaplin allowed him to take several dozen yards of film.2 And I was director of this latest film--I myself. "Now, please, in the hall where you wrote the story of The Gold Rush! Now with your parrot!" Holding the parrot on his arm, he said to him, "Be a good parrot now. Come to Papa."3
Chaplin, Pet, and Höllriegel.
Charlie is holding a copy of Höllriegel's 1927 book Hollywood Bilderbuch.

Chaplin gave Pet away during the parrot fever scare of 1930. However Pet was not his last parrot. He acquired another one later in life named Edward. Roddy McDowall photographed Chaplin talking to the bird for  the July 1967 issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine (below). The description read: "The Silver Fox is shown in his Swiss villa with his parrot, described by an undisclosed source as a talkative, rather nasty molting little bird named Edward, whose former master was reputedly a fickle English nobleman."


1Georgia Hale, Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-ups
2Where is this footage now?!
3Arnold Höllriegel, "Charles Chaplin At Home," The Living Age, July 1928. The rest of Hollriegel's account of Chaplin fooling around for the camera didn't fit in with the parrot story but was too delightful not to share: 
Then I said to Max Goldschmidt: "Take Charlie's feet to show how they look in ordinary life." For Charlie Chaplin's feet are small and graceful.
Finally he stood on a little bridge in his garden. Supporting himself on two handrails, he swung himself up in the air like an acrobat on the parallel bars. Laughing like a boy, he waved his feet in the air at the camera, and for just a flash the proprietor of the villa disappeared and Charlie the lusty vagabond emerged.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy birthday, Georgia Hale (June 25, 1900)

Here is part of an interview with Georgia from Kevin Brownlow & David Gill's documentary Unknown Chaplin (1983) where she discusses the original ending of The Gold Rush. I adore Georgia in this interview--blonde wig, false teeth, false eyelashes and all.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Chaplin christens a boat called Nomad before its trip around the world

L-R: Daniel Blum, CC, Georgia, Captain Edward Stetson, & Stephens Miranda

The 50-foot Nomad, in which Stephens Miranda & Daniel Blum were planning a four-year-long, round the world trip, was christened by Chaplin at a ceremony in San Pedro on April 21st, 1929.

Accompanying him to the christening was his leading lady in The Gold Rush, Georgia Hale, carrying a bouquet of red roses--a traditional prop for such an occasion. Before the ceremony the two had made a quick excursion to Catalina Island on Chaplin's boat The Kid. They returned to the mainland by airplane just in time for the christening.1

Grace Kingsley wrote that "Charlie was immensely interested in the [Nomad]--went all over it and congratulated the boys on being able to seek adventure while they are still young & full of enthusiasm. He said, very wistfully, we thought, that he wished he were going with the boys on their trip. Charlie is crazy about boats...And when we told Charlie that the boys expected to be sailing on the boat for four years, he confessed to us that he thought two people in that small cabin might quarrel."2

Breaking a bottle of ginger ale disguised as champagne (this was during prohibition) on the bow of the boat, Chaplin declared: "In the spirit of adventure, I christen thee Nomad."3

The christening. Note that Chaplin's hair is dyed black for the filming of City Lights.

1I was unaware that Chaplin ever had a boat named The Kid but this tidbit is mentioned in both the Los Angeles Times (May 12, 1929, "Ho! For The Life Of A Sailor" by Grace Kingsley) and the June 1929 issue of Motor Boat magazine ("Charley Chaplin's Mysterious Cruise"). The reason for their dash to Catalina before the christening is unknown, although it is mentioned in both sources. The Motor Boat article, which seems to veer between fact and fiction, made it sound like this was some sort of race. The magazine also states that rough seas may have been the reason Charlie and Georgia returned to the mainland by airplane.
2Los Angeles Times, May 12, 1929
4Los Angeles Times, "They'll Sail Into The Sunset," April 22, 1929

Friday, February 13, 2015

Very short clip of Charlie and his date, Georgia Hale, at the Hollywood premiere of Hell's Angels, May 1930

The film starred Jean Harlow (who appeared as an extra in City Lights which CC was making at the time. Her footage was later cut but photos still exist of her appearance). See footage of other stars at the premiere, such as Dolores Del Rio and Buster Keaton, here. Of course, Charlie is the only one who doesn't stop and talk.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Los Angeles premiere of CITY LIGHTS, January 30th, 1931

City Lights premiered at the newly constructed Los Angeles Theater. Charlie's guests that evening were Albert Einstein and his wife, Elsa. He recalled that the professor "laughed like a boy" and would nudge him and exclaim, "Ach, das ist wunderbar! Das ist schön!" During the emotional last scene he  caught a glimpse of the great Einstein wiping his eyes and later noted that it was "further evidence that scientists are incurable sentimentalists." 2

With Einstein at the premiere.
The new Los Angeles Theater boasted a restaurant, art gallery, "crying room" for mothers,
shoeshine parlor, ballroom, etc. Halfway through the premiere, the management thought it was a
good idea to stop the film, flip on the lights, and have a voice over the loudspeaker describe the theater's
fabulous features. Chaplin was furious and went looking for the "son of a bitch manager."
The crowd was with him and began stamping their feet, applauding, and eventually booing
until the lights went off and the film restarted. (MA, pg. 330)

 Chaplin was understandably nervous about the opening. He was releasing a silent film three years after talking pictures had taken over Hollywood. He worried that the film was a mistake and the audience would be disappointed. "However, I must walk the plank," he wrote in 1933, "and accept what the gods have in store for me. When the first laugh comes what music it will be to my anxious ears." 3 Georgia Hale,Chaplin's date that evening, witnessed this anxiety firsthand on the way to the theater: "The closer it came to the time of the showing, the more apprehensive Mr. Chaplin became. He whispered something he'd never admit only under duress. 'I'm worried. I have an awful feeling the film isn't going to be received well...I don't care about being popular, wanting acclaim...but I do. I do care...I must have it...the applause of people. I love it...I live on it. But I'm afraid tonight.'" When the picture was only a quarter over, Georgia could tell that Charlie's fears were diminished and he was relaxed. "The audience was once again in the palm of his hand and he knew it." 5

City Lights is not only a favorite film among fans, but it was also a favorite of Chaplin himself. In 1966, he told Richard Meryman: "I think I like City Lights the best of all my films." 6

Einstein and his wife are on either side of Chaplin. Georgia Hale is at far right.
Among the famous names who attended the premiere were King Vidor, Gloria Swanson,
Constance Bennett, Marion Davies, Thelma Todd, Claire Windsor, John Barrymore,
 Merna Kennedy, Dolores Del Rio, and Gary Cooper.

*As a side note, I'd like to clear up some confusion surrounding a quote that is often associated with the premiere of this film. Chaplin is generally misquoted as saying to the professor as the onlookers cheered them: "They applaud me because everyone understands me, they applaud you because nobody understands you." Not only is the wording of this quote wrong but it did not take place at the City Lights premiere & can be attributed to neither Chaplin nor Einstein. The real quote and the story behind it can be traced to Chaplin's 1933 travelogue "A Comedian Sees The World." In it,  he describes a visit with Einstein at his apartment in Berlin in March 1931. During tea, Einstein's son made an observation on the psychology of the popularity of both Einstein and Chaplin: "You are popular because you are understood by the masses. On the other hand, the professor's popularity with the masses is because he is not understood." There you have it.


1Translation: "Oh, that's wonderful! It's beautiful!"; Charles Chaplin, A Comedian Sees The World, Part 1, Sept. 1933
2Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography, 1964
3Chaplin, A Comedian Sees The World, Part 1, Sept. 1933
4Hale was Chaplin's leading lady in The Gold Rush (1925) & his constant companion between 1929 and the time of the City Lights premiere. When Chaplin fired Virginia Cherrill from City Lights in November 1929, he briefly thought of replacing her with Georgia (her screen test still exists). However Chaplin soon realized it would be too costly to reshoot everything with Hale so he rehired Cherrill.
5Georgia Hale, Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-ups, 1995
6"Chaplin: An Interview by Richard Meryman," Life, March 10, 1967.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Georgia Hale in Motion Picture Classic, 1926

I hardly recognized her in this photo.

Happy (belated) birthday to Georgia who was born June 25th, 1900.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Catalina Island, c. 1930

Note that Charlie and Georgia are holding hands, aww...

This is a slightly different photo than the one in Georgia Hale's book.

L-R: Grigori Alexandrov, CC, Georgia Hale, Sergei Eisenstein

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Here's a chance to see one of Chaplin's favorite films, Josef Von Sternberg's The Salvation Hunters. This was the film that brought Georgia Hale to the attention of Chaplin, who hired her to replace pregnant Lita Grey in The Gold Rush. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Charlie & Georgia Hale on the set of THE GOLD RUSH

Also shown are "Georgia's friends" played by: Betty Morrissey (far left), Joan Lowell (second from left), and Kay Deslys (far right).

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Gold Rush (1925): Original Ending

Here is the original ending to Chaplin's 1925 silent film The Gold Rush. In 1942, Chaplin reissued the film with his own orchestral score and narration. He also made cuts to the original in an effort to shorten the film so it would be booked on double bills, which were popular at the time. These alterations were an attempt to "modernize" The Gold Rush for current 1940s tastes. Among the scenes that were trimmed from the film was the kiss with Georgia Hale. It's anyone's guess why Chaplin did this, perhaps he thought it was inessential or too formulaic. Having Charlie and Georgia walk up the steps and away from the camera gave the film a more ambiguous ending, which was something Chaplin seemed to prefer in his films.

Anyway, here is the ending to the original silent version from 1925, complete with intertitles--and the kiss.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Charlie serenades Paulette with an accordion on the Panacea, c. 1933

Charlie bought his first accordion (perhaps the same one he is playing here) during his romance with Georgia Hale a few years before. According to her, they were shopping for a gift for her sister's wedding when Charlie spotted the instrument and couldn't resist buying it. After they returned to her house, he strolled around trying to play it while she got dressed for the evening. By the time she was ready, he was playing the instrument "like a trouper." (Georgia Hale, Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-ups)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

World Tour Revisited: Tennis in Biarritz

Wherever Charlie traveled on his world tour (or any of his vacations for the rest of his life), he would always find a way to play tennis, a game he loved. Georgia Hale, Chaplin's leading lady in The Gold Rush, takes credit for introducing the game to Charlie. It was during their relationship, which was in progress before he left for Europe, that he had a tennis court built on the grounds of his Hollywood home. According to Georgia, she was given run of the house while Charlie was on vacation & played tennis there during his absence.*

During Charlie's stay in Biarritz in 1931, he played a "match" against three French tennis champions:
After a tennis match in which Cochet, Lacoste, and Martin Plaa played, the audience asked for a game between Chaplin and the champions. Charlie soon complied, and since he was sure to lose, he chose to make a joke of it: he slipped deliberately, ran after balls out of bounds, turned several times around himself and gesticulated so comically with his racket that the audience couldn't help splitting their sides. This was one of the most successful and original matches the champions ever played. (May Reeves, The Intimate Charlie Chaplin)

Chaplin poses between Henri Cochet (on his right) and Martin Plaa.
With Rene Lacoste.

*Georgia never heard from Charlie during the entire 18 months he was away from Hollywood. This neglect would mark the end of their relationship upon his return and they wouldn't see each other again for another ten years. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hollywood party at Hamanoya restaurant in Little Tokyo, 1929

Besides Charlie (in center with his arm around another man), other familiar faces in the photo include King Vidor, second row, second from right, Irving Thalberg, on Charlie's right, Harry Crocker, same row, second from left, and Georgia Hale, front row, wearing a light-colored sleeveless dress & holding an instrument. In her book, Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-ups, she recalled being invited by Chaplin to a party that was arranged by Toraichi Kono (far left) in the Japanese section of Los Angeles. This was her first date with Charlie.
"We went to a most unusual party It had been arranged by Kono, his Japanese valet. He had prepared a most sumptuous feast and show...all the Japanese part of town. Many notables of movieland were invited."
According to Kono himself, as per Charlie Chaplin: King Of Tragedy by Gerith Von Ulm, the party was given by the Japanese businessmen of Los Angeles to show their appreciation for Chaplin's promotion of the Kengeki (Japanese sword plays). Kono recalled that 300 guests assembled to pay their respects. The cafe was lavishly decorated with synthetic cherry blossoms. An elaborate meal was served and they were entertained by dancers recruited from local Japanese theaters.

From Charlie Chaplin: King of Tragedy by Gerith Von Ulm

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Georgia Hale's screen test for CITY LIGHTS, November 1929

My edit from the original which can be found on the Warner/MK2 edition of City Lights.
Music: "Reunited" from City Lights: New Recording of the Original 1931 Score, cond. by Carl Davis.

Almost a year into the production of the City Lights, Chaplin fired his leading lady, Virginia Cherrill, for lateness and planned to replace her with Georgia Hale, who was his co-star in The Gold Rush, as well as his constant companion at the time.
That night we went to the Double Eagle Restaurant and he said, "I'm going to redo "City Lights" with you, just the way I did 'The Gold Rush.'" And I was overjoyed because I loved that story and I knew I could have done the part so well.
The following day I donned the clothes of the blind girl. Charlie and I shot many scenes together...When it was over, Charlie almost crying saying, "This is what I've been trying to get for weeks." He grabbled me and embraced me. He said, "The part is yours. I'll reshoot the entire picture with you as the blind girl."
Chaplin soon realized it was going to be far too costly to reshoot everything with Georgia as the blind girl, so he rehired Cherrill.
Out of the clear sky he comes back to me and calls me over to the studio and tells me off in the most vicious manner that I'm not going to do "City Lights" and to get it out of my mind that it was all a mistake. I just cried and cried because I couldn't understand. Then a week or two passes and he calls me again and apologizes. He said his publicity man (Carlyle Robinson) had come to him and poisoned his mind against me. He told him that I was going to sue him if I didn't play that part and he believed him--and he says, "How I ever believed it I'll never know." And then he just simply got down on his knees and asked for forgiveness.*

*Interview with Georgia from Unknown Chaplin & Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-ups by Georgia Hale

Happy Birthday, Georgia Hale (June 25, 1900 - June 7, 1985)

 Motion Picture magazine, June 1925

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Charlie with Spanish screenwriter Jose Lopez Rubio & Georgia Hale, c. 1930

I wasn't completely convinced that the girl in the middle was Georgia (she never looks like the dance hall girl from The Gold Rush in candid photos!), so I did a little research and found another photo (below), taken on the same day, of Rubio and Georgia after a tennis match (Georgia was a very good tennis player and is credited for introducing Charlie to the game). The above photo was taken on the tennis court of Charlie's Beverly Hills home.
Something interesting I noticed about this photo is that the sweater Georgia is wearing looks very similar to the sweater Charlie wore during Winston Churchill's visit in 1929 (below). It might not be exactly the same but it's close.