The Kid (1921) produced & directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan
Synopsis of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid:
The Kid was Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length movie. It, more than anything else to that date, made Chaplin a living legend. It took over a year to produce, and was an incredible success for Chaplin. The opening title reads: “A comedy with a smile — and perhaps a tear“. As a woman (Edna Purviance) leaves a charity hospital with a newborn, and passes a church wedding. She leaves her baby with a pleading note in a limousine and goes off to commit suicide. She turns from suicide at the last moment to return to her child, only to find him missing. The limo had been stolen by thieves who dumped the baby by a garbage can. Charlie the Tramp finds the baby and, after failing to pass the child on to someone more suitable, raises the child himself.
Oona O’Neil Chaplin (May 14, 1926 – September 27, 1991)
Best remembered as Charlie Chaplin’s final wife, Oona O’Neil was born on May 13, 1926, the only daughter to the famous playwright Eugene O’Neil and his wife, Agnes.Her father abandoned the family when Oona was only 2 years old. She only saw her a few times before her 18th birthday, when he disinherited her.
Oona O’Neil’s early life
Despite her father’s attitude toward her, Oona has a relatively happy childhood. She grew up with her older brother Shane, and her mother. She was an intelligent, happy child, liked by her peers. As she grew older, she planned to become an actress. After all, her father was a great playwright, and her grandfather, James O’Neil, was a noted theater actor. She attended boarding school in New York City, and became a socialite with many boyfriends, with her name appearing regularly in the society pages. (more…)
Charlie Chaplin Poster Store, in conjunction with Amazon.com
Poster and Print Store, featuring Charlie Chaplin, the world-famous little tramp clown. A collection of posters and movie stills from some of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous movies, such as Modern Times, The Great Dictator, The Kid, City Lights, and many more.
There are also posters from some of his earlier films, such as The Rink, The Count and Cruel, Cruel Love. There are also photographs of Charlie Chaplin’s personal life, such as with Charlie Chaplin’s meeting with Mahatma Gandhi(more…)
Song lyrics to Eternally – theme to Limelight
Oscar-winning music by Charlie Chaplin (also known as Terry’s Theme)
Lyrics to Smile — Words by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons and music by Charlie Chaplin
Smile was the theme music for Charlie Chaplin’s final silent picture Modern Times in 1936. In 1954, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added lyrics to Charlie Chaplin’s music, and it became a popular hit when Nat “King” Cole recorded it. (more…)
Final Speech of The Great Dictator (also known as “Look Up, Hannah” ) by Charlie Chaplin
Schulz: Speak – it is our only hope.
The Jewish Barber (Charlie Chaplin‘s character): Hope… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible (more…)
Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1911 – April 23, 1990)
Paulette Goddard, Charlie Chaplin’s third wife. She was the only one of his wives to become a successful movie star in her own right. Paulette Goddard was born Pauline Marion Goddard Levy in Whitestone Landing, New York, on June 3, 1911. Although some records say that the year was 1910, and one account places it as 1905. Regardless, she was a beautiful child, and began to model for local department stores before debuting with Florenz Ziegfeld’s Follies at the age of 13 in 1924. For three years she performed as the girl on the crescent moon in Ziegfeld’s Follies. Paulette eventually married wealthy Broadway writer Edgar James in 1927. The marriage did not last, however, and they were divorced in 1931. (more…)