Showing posts with label Tennis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennis. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chaplin entertains tennis players, Sept. 1929

Chaplin & his guests on his Summit Drive tennis court, which had just been built earlier that year.
L-R: Edith Cross, Phoebe Watson, Betty Nuthall, CC, ?, ? Dorothy Shepherd-Barron, Ambassador Moore.

Read about it here:
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 1, 1929

The doubles team mentioned at the end of the article:
 L-R: "Mr. Brennon," Dorothy Shepherd-Barron, Betty Nuthall, & Chaplin
With Nuthall and Ambassador Moore

More photos here.

Friday, February 19, 2016

On the tennis court at Marion Davies' beach house, c. late 1920s

Familiar faces include Marion Davies, Bebe Daniels, Harry Crocker, Ralph Barton, Harry D'Arrast, and (of course) Charlie, among others.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

A game of "Dougledyas" at the Fairbanks Studio, 1923

Dougledyas, or simply, Doug, was a game that was invented by Douglas Fairbanks. The rules were similar to tennis but six could play instead of four and a shuttlecock was used instead of a ball.


Front: CC & Douglas Fairbanks.
Standing (L-R): Raoul Walsh, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jack Pickford, C. Carlton Bingham

Monday, September 16, 2013

World Tour Revisited: Leftovers

September 1931 marked the halfway point of Chaplin's 18-month world tour. I thought I would take this post to look back over the past 9 months with some photos that didn't make into my original World Tour Revisited posts.


U.S., Feb. 1931
On the train to New York en route to England.

London, Feb. 1931:


On the roof of the Ritz Carlton.

With Jack Fitchett, a friend from his vaudeville days.

Party following the London premiere of City Lights, Feb. 27th, 1931

Winston Churchill toasts Charlie.

With journalist Hannen Swaffer.

Dancing with Lady Doreen Stanley at a party following the premiere of City Lights.


Berlin, March 1931
At the Hotel Adlon.



Vienna, March 16th, 1931




Paris, March 1931

At the Folies Bergère. Chaplin's press agent Carlyle Robinson is in the background.

Boar Hunt, Normandy, March 25th, 1931



Nice, April 1931




French Riviera Summer 1931

L-R: Charlie, May, Syd & Minnie Chaplin. 

Aboard the HMS Shropshire in Cannes.

Charlie and May Reeves on the streets of Cannes. 
On the beach in Juan-les-Pins. Source: Lisa Stein Haven
Source: Lisa Stein Haven
Sunbathing with May.

Bullfight, San Sebastian, August 1931

Harry d'Arrast and May are seated next to Charlie on the right.

Biarritz, September 1931

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.
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*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, July 22, 2013

Charlie vs. Groucho


This is footage of a doubles tennis match held on July 13th, 1937 to celebrate the opening of the Beverly Hills Tennis Club. The game pitted Charlie Chaplin & Fred Perry against Groucho Marx & Ellsworth Vines. Chaplin and Perry won 6-1, 9-7. Other familiar faces in the video include Paulette Goddard and Douglas Fairbanks.

This is my edit of a longer version of the footage which can be found here. I also added some music (from The Chaplin Revue/A Dog's Life).

Note Groucho's buff bod.