Showing posts with label The Adventurer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Adventurer. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Between takes on the set of THE ADVENTURER, 1917

Other familiar faces include Albert Austin (far right) and Rollie Totheroh (behind the camera). The man on the left looks like someone I should know as well. Fred Goodwins?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Charlie Chaplin: Hero

During location filming for The Adventurer, which was released 97 years ago today, Chaplin dove into the rough waters off Topanga Canyon to save a young girl named Mildred Morrison from drowning. The articles below describe Charlie's heroic efforts to save the seven-year-old. Although he is described as diving in with his cane and "ancient derby," he was most likely wearing the prison garb we see at the beginning of the film (and above).

Chicago Tribune, August 12, 1917

Motion Picture News, September 1, 1917
Charlie did not receive a medal.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"A Day With Charlie Chaplin On Location"

Motion Picture writer James E. Hilbert describes his day at the location shoot of Charlie's last Mutual film, The Adventurer. Their location was "a summer camp” in Los Flores Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Evidently the day did not go so well for Charlie...
A dummy dressed as a prison guard was to be rolled down the mountainside, and when everything was ready it was started on its way. It did not reach the much-desired bottom; instead it dangled by its coat-tail in midair from a shrub on the mountainside. Thereupon Charlie complimented  it for its foresight in stopping short of its destination and for wasting several feet of good film.

The next scene was one which must be taken on the narrow road, and a director's "imp" was sent out on a motorcycle in the direction which the camera faced, in order to stop the traffic from coming that way. In his haste to get away, the "imp" upset a nice young lady and her camera, who was trying to get a snap of Charlie. With much gusto and gallantry, Charlie assisted the young lady to her feet. He posed specially for the dear girl.

I am sorry to say that Charlie got real mad. A flivver that refused to stop for the "imp" was in the picture, and it had to be done all over again.  Charlie wished "Henry much peace!"

The scene was taken again, just as Charlie made his get-away and the guards were starting down [the mountainside], a lovely big rattlesnake loomed up on the trail and stopped the whole proceedings.

The two guards stopped short, a long pole was procured, and Mr. Snake was promptly executed. Charlie tried again, and to make sure everything was right, he went through his dialog:
"No more flivvers coming? No. No more snakes in sight? No. Are you ready up there you bum guards? Yes. Are the caps off the cameras? Yes....Then you know the rest. All ready! Camera!"
At this point some one mentioned it was "Friday the 13th," and, with an exclamation of annoyance, Charlie said with the tones and air of finality:
"We shall all go home at once. This is my Jonah day, and I absolutely refuse to work any more today."
(Excerpt & photos from "A Day With Charlie Chaplin On Location" by James E. Hilbert, Motion Picture Magazine, November 10th, 1917)

THE ADVENTURER, released October 22nd, 1917

This was Chaplin's last film for Mutual, it also marked the last film for Eric Campbell who was tragically killed in a car accident in December 1917.

I went a little crazy with screenshots on this one.

Charlie is Convict #23 (aka "The Eel"). He will play another escaped convict (again #23) in
his last film for First National, The Pilgrim (1923).
Eric Campbell with Edna Purviance.
On the left is Chaplin's long-time secretary and "Man Friday," Toraichi Kono.
Kono also had a bit part as a chauffeur in A Day's Pleasure.
Rumor has it he is a face in the crowd in The Circus.

In order not to be recognized at the party, Charlie draws a mustache on his picture in the newspaper
to make himself look more like Eric Campbell. 
This won't end well.
Charlie realizes the ice cream has gone down his pants. I'll end it here.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rollie Totheroh marks a scene for The Adventurer, 1917.
(From Unknown Chaplin)

Thursday, November 8, 2012


This was Chaplin’s last film for the Mutual Corporation. The beach scenes were filmed near the mouth of Topanga Canyon.

During the filming, it was reported in the press that Charlie dived into the rough seas to save a 7-year-old girl from drowning. The girl had been swept off a rock while watching Charlie & his company work.