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Police (1916) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Police [Charlie Chaplin]

Police (1916) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance

Police is an Essanay silent comedy starring Charlie Chaplin, as Charlie – convict 999.  The film begins with him being released from prison and given $5.00 (a large sum at the time).  No sooner is he out, however, then a bogus parson tries to convince him to “go straight”.  Reading Bible passages brings him to the point of tears.  While Charlie wipes his tears on the man’s long beard, the bogus parson picks his pocket of the money. (more…)

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Editorial review of Chaplin's Essanay Comedies courtesy of Amazon.com

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Editorial review of Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies courtesy of Amazon.com

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In late 1914, Charlie Chaplin was paid the then-unprecedented salary of $1,250 per week (with a bonus of $10,000) in exchange for signing a one-year contract with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The resulting 14 films he created for Essanay find Chaplin further experimenting with new cinematic techniques, while continuing to add complexities and pathos into his celebrated Little Tramp character, soon to become immortalized as the face, hat, and mustache of modern screen comedy. (more…)

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Animated gif of Charlie the Little Tramp reading in bed - a scene from The Kid

Charlie Chaplin photo gallery

Charlie Chaplin photo gallery – Photo gallery of Charlie Chaplin, world famous as Charlie the Little Tramp

Many of the images are courtesy of the International Clown Hall of Fame

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Publicity photo of Charlie Chaplin working in the factory in Modern Times

City Lights posters

A collection of posters and photos from Charlie Chaplin‘s classic comedy, City Lights

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Wife of the Life of the Party, by Lita Grey Chaplin

Wife of the Life of the Party, by Lita Grey Chaplin

Product Description of Wife of the Life of the Party, by Lita Grey Chaplin

Wife of the Life of the Party is the memoir of the late Lita Grey Chaplin (1908-1995), the only one of Chaplin’s wives to have written an account of life with Chaplin. Her memoir is an extraordinary Hollywood story of someone who was there from the very beginning. Born Lillita Louise MacMurray in Hollywood, she began her career at twelve with the Charlie Chaplin Film Company, when Chaplin selected her to appear with him as the flirting angel in The Kid. (more…)

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His Favorite Pastime - Charlie Chaplin

His Favorite Pastime

His Favorite Pastime, starring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle – March 16, 1914

His Favorite Pastime is one of  Charlie Chaplin’s earlier appearances at the Little Tramp.  Although he looks like the Little Tramp, he hasn’t quite cemented the character of Charlie the Tramp at this point. (more…)

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The Charlie Chaplin Archives

The Charlie Chaplin Archives

Editorial review of The Charlie Chaplin Archives courtesy of Amazon.com

Buy from Amazon.com Within a year of arriving in Hollywood in 1914, British-born Charlie Chaplin had become the slapstick king of America. By the end of his second year on the silver screen, Chaplin’s fame had spread worldwide. He was the first international film star and rapidly one of the richest men in the world, with a million dollar contract, his own studio and his stock company of close collaborators. From Alaska to Zimbabwe, the bowler hat, cane, baggy trousers and outsized shoes of the Tramp became, and remains, an instantly recognizable silhouette. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin as The Great Dictator, angrily giving a speech

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator, starring Charlie ChaplinPaulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert

 The Great Dictator is possibly the most well-known of Charlie Chaplin’s films.  It was a timely satire on Nazism and fascism in general, and Adolph Hitler in particular. In it, Charlie Chaplin plays a double role:  Adenoid Hynkel, autocratic dictator of Tomania who blames the Jewish people for all of society’s ills.  And a Jewish Barber who happens to be the spitting image of Hynkel. (more…)

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The Gold Rush, starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale

The Gold Rush (1925) starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain

The Gold Rush, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray

Synopsis of The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush, starring Charlie Chaplin, Georgia HaleBuy from Amazon.com The Gold Rush is one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest films. Like all of his films starring the Little Tramp, it is a silent.  It demonstrates very well why the silent movie is an art form in its’ own right.  Modern clowns would do well to learn from a master of the art of pantomime by watching this film.  It’s Chaplin at his finest. Chaplin and his crew do an excellent job of telling the story without dialog, and it moves from funny to poignant to sad to touching and back to funny again.

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The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman

The Circus (1928) starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy

The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry Bergman

Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus:

The Circus, produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Garcia, Harry Crocker, Henry BergmanBuy from Amazon.com The Circus is one of the Little Tramp’s most poignant roles, as well as one of Charlie Chaplin’s funniest silent movies — for which he won a special Oscar. It begins with the Tramp attending a small circus that comes to town.  He haphazardly bumps into a pickpocket, who hides his ill-gotten goods in the Tramp’s pocket. This soon leads to a marvelous chase, with the police chasing both the pickpocket and the Tramp.  At one point the pickpocket and the Tramp are running in parallel, and the Tramp politely tips his hat to the thief. After a chase through the hall of mirrors (which has to be seen), the Tramp accidentally runs into the circus’ center ring, where he is unintentionally hilarious. (more…)

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