Showing posts with label H.G. Wells. Show all posts
Showing posts with label H.G. Wells. Show all posts

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Charlie & Paulette at a Hollywood dinner dance in honor of British author, H.G. Wells, December 1935

Wells was the houseguest of Charlie and Paulette during his visit. When Charlie would be busy with work (he was finishing up Modern Times at this point), Paulette would escort Wells to the movie studios and nightclubs. Paulette later recalled an eccentric gift that Wells gave to her:
He stayed at my house and when he'd burned enough midnight oil talking, he said to Charlie, "I have nothing more to say." So, he went to Palm Springs and spent a few days there, and he came back and said, "I have something you're going to love. I have a sackful of stones for you. I found them outside in the desert while I was walking." And I said, "well, what am I going to do with it?" And he said, "You can use it as a doorstop, but if you love stones, here they are." Wasn't that sweet? 1 

1 Julie Gilbert, Opposite Attraction: The Lives Of Erich Maria Remarque & Paulette Goddard, 1995

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cocktail party for H.G. Wells, Dec. 1935

Charlie was nursing a broken left thumb, which he caught in the door of his car. A silk scarf served as a sling.

Wells, boxer Gene Tunney, and Charlie, the host.
Edward G. Robinson, CC, and Freddie Bartholomew.

Friday, June 14, 2013

World Tour Revisited: Charlie & May Reeves visit H.G Wells in the south of France, c. May/June 1931

From "A Comedian Sees The World":
H.G. Wells was staying near Grasse and invited me to spend a few days with him. He was just completing his book, "The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind"- a colossal undertaking upon which he had been working three years.
"What are you going to do after it's finished?" I asked.
"Start on another one."
"Good heavens! I should imagine you'd want to get away from work for a while and do something else."
H.G. laughed mischievously. "What else is there to do?"
Discussing my pictures he said he would like to see me return to the shorter comedy subjects. "You set yourself a difficult task, adhering to plot and theme so much. Who remembers the plots of Dickens' books--Pickwick Papers, for instance? It was their incidents and characterizations that made the appeal. Personally I would like to see you oftener on the screen in those two-reel pictures which had so much spontaneity.
Grasse is celebrated for the manufacture of perfumery, and H.G. and I planned to go over some of the factories. I've heard somewhere that the preparation of attar of roses requires the crushingof four million flowers to obtain a pound of essence which costs approximately five hundred dollars.
We intended viewing the monuments of the city and the cathedral. However as we were climbing the narrow streets my garter broke. This made it necessary for us to go to the shopping center to buy a new pair.
As we wended our way, H.G. extolling the beauties of the city, he was unconscious of the people who began to crowd in the doorways of the stores. They seemed to come from nowhere, and before we knew it we were like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
It was no use. Normal conversation was impossible. H.G. became alarmed. "I think you'd better walk by yourself," he suggested, "and I'll meet you at the car later."
"Oh, no," I insisted. "You're going to see it, through."
We took refuge in the shop for a while, but eventually had to brave the storm, marching through alleys with the throngs at the back of us.
To visit the perfume factories or the cathedral now was impossible. "I'm sorry, but you'll have to put it off until you've grown a beard," he said and so we made our way back to the automobile and escaped.  (Chaplin, ACSTW Part Three, A Woman's Home Companion, Nov. 1933)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Scenes from the premiere of THE GREAT DICTATOR, New York City, October 15th, 1940

The film premiered simultaneously at the Capitol and Astor theaters.  Charlie and Paulette Goddard appeared at both.

Charlie and Paulette at the Capitol Theater. The couple did not travel together to the New York City premiere. Paulette flew in from Mexico, where she had been spending time with artist Diego Rivera, and Charlie arrived from Los Angeles. After the premiere, Paulette flew back to L.A. and Charlie stayed on in New York for another four months. During this time, Paulette moved out Charlie’s house.

Jack Oakie with Paulette & Charlie, who gives a Hynkel salute to the crowd.
Charlie fights his way through the crowd at the Astor theater.

Two-page spread from the New York newspaper PM, October 16th, 1940

A peek inside the original program which featured artwork by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
(from the collection of Phil Posner)

 After the premiere.
Dancing with Paulette at the Monte Carlo. 
Celebrating with H.G. Wells and Constance Collier.