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Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Charlie & Paulette attend the opening of Max Reinhardt’s stage production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl, September 1934.* Chaplin's friend and, later, biographer, R.J. Minney, is on his right. It was reported at the time that Chaplin was approached by Reinhardt to appear in the production, either in the role of Bottom or Puck. 

*Reinhardt directed a film version of the play the next year.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Charlie's blindfold cigarette test

This photo shoot was used to advertise Old Gold cigarettes in Judge magazine in 1928.

In the background of the above photos (L-R): Carlyle Robinson (Chaplin's press agent), Harry Crocker, and Henry Bergman.

According to the ad below: "Chaplin was asked to smoke each of the four leading brands, clearing his taste with coffee between smokes. Only one question was asked:  'Which one do you like best?' He chose Old Gold." Sez Charlie: "It was like shooting a scene successfully after a whole series of failures. It just 'clicked' and I named it as my choice. It was Old Gold...It seems Strongheart and Rin-tin-tin are the only motion picture actor stars who don’t smoke them.”

"Not a cough in a carload"

Saturday, May 21, 2016

On the set of A WOMAN OF PARIS (1923)

This is the chair that Marie (Edna Purviance) is sitting in in the film when she reads about Pierre's engagement.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

With Count Lorenzo de Besa, Vice-Consul of Peru, & other foreign diplomats, Christmas Day, 1927

Chaplin died 50 years to the day after these photos were taken.

According to the Los Angeles Herald, his guests were treated to a sneak preview of The Circus.

See more pictures here.
Chaplin inscribed this photo: "Los Angeles 25th December 1927, To my friend Count L.S. de Besa,
 In remembrance of the lunch ? dedicated to you with the assistance of many foreign diplomats representing
 twenty two nations in Los Angeles, as a mark of my estimation and friendship. Sincerely, Charlie Chaplin"
This photo is inscribed: "To Joseph F. Triska, Consul of Czechoslovakia,
My Best Wishes, Charlie Chaplin, Christmas 1927"

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Autographed photo of Chaplin with composer Arnold Schoenberg, c.1935

Photo by Max Munn Autrey.

Click here to read David Raksin's description of the meeting between Chaplin and Schoenberg which was evidently a bit awkward.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Photo by Apeda Studio, New York, 1925 or 1927

I'd originally thought this session was from 1925, but I am now leaning towards 1927. Chaplin was in New York during both years (he was also there in 1923 but I don't think these photos date back that far). The Chaplin archive website gives them a date of 1922 but I think that's incorrect as well. I can't find where photos from this session appear in magazines or newspaper articles any earlier than 1927. I also have a publicity photo for The Circus with a photo from this session which makes me think the later date is correct, although Chaplin was not against using old photos for publicity.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

New York City, 1923

Charlie strikes a Napoleonic pose while going through fan mail in his suite at the Ritz Hotel, New York City, following the premiere of A Woman Of Paris, October 1923.
(same photo, slightly different angles)

Dig the slippers.