Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin meets with famous circus clown Poodles Hanneford on the set of "The Cure"

Poodles Hanneford and Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin met with a variety of celebrities over the years — in this instance, he’s meeting with Poodles Hanneford, famous circus clown and equestrian, on the set of “The Cure” during filming. (more…)

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Elderly Charlie Chaplin visiting the Circus Knie

Elderly Charlie Chaplin visiting the Circus Knie

Elderly Charlie Chaplin visiting the Circus Knie

Elderly Charlie Chaplin visiting the Circus Knie
Elderly Charlie Chaplin visiting the Circus Knie
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A Dog's Life, starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin, Albert Austin, Bud Jamison

A Dog’s Life

A Dog’s Life (1918) starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin, Albert Austin, Bud Jamison

Charlie Chaplin‘s  A Dog’s Life is one of his funniest short films, with a lot of heart as well. It begins with Charlie the Little Tramp living a vagabond life in an abandoned lot, playing “hide and seek” with a police officer.   This is one of the funniest moments in the film, which has to be seen to be appreciated. He goes to the unemployment office to look for a job.  Another hilarious slapstick bit as little Charlie gets bounced from one row of applicants to another by the larger applicants, who proceed to take all of the job opportunities. Disappointed, Charlie returns to his “home” and rescues his dog, Scraps, from other mongrels. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin in "The Circus" - United Artists Picture - Lion in cage startles Charlie Chaplin

Photo gallery for Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus

The Circus is one of Charlie Chaplin’s finest, yet most underrated, films — one of the best scenes involves Charlie being trapped in a cage with a sleeping lion: (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin, Director

Charlie Chaplin, Director

Editorial review of  Charlie Chaplin, Director courtesy of Amazon.com

Buy from Amazon.com Charlie Chaplin was one of the cinema’s consummate comic performers, yet he has long been criticized as a lackluster film director. In this groundbreaking work – €”the first to analyze Chaplin’s directorial style – Donna Kornhaber radically recasts his status as a filmmaker. Spanning Chaplin’s career, Kornhaber discovers a sophisticated “Chaplinesque” visual style that draws from early cinema and slapstick and stands markedly apart from later, “classical” stylistic conventions. (more…)

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The Floorwalker (1916) starring Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Lloyd Bacon, Edna Purviance

The Floorwalker

The Floorwalker (1916) starring Charlie Chaplin, Eric Campbell, Lloyd Bacon, Edna Purviance

The Floorwalker was Charlie Chaplin‘s first Mutual Film Corporation film, made in 1916. The film stars Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp, as a customer who creates chaos in a department store.  He inadvertently becomes entangled in the scheme of the store manager, played by Eric Campbell. Along with the store’s floorwalker, played by Lloyd Bacon, they scheme to embezzle money from the store.   Edna Purviance plays a minor role as a secretary to store manager. (more…)

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Charlie Chaplin - Intimate Close-Ups by Georgia Hale

Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups

Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-Ups, by Georgia Hale

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Buy from Amazon.com Many remember Charlie Chaplin‘s comic masterpiece, The Gold Rush, as the finest blend of comedy and farce ever brought to the screen. Far fewer remember its heroine, Georgia Hale (1900-1985).

Charlie Chaplin - Intimate Close-Ups by Georgia HaleSeventy years after the film’s appearance, Heather Kiernan brings Georgia Hale back to life in this edition of her hitherto unpublished memoirs. Research work embodied in her perceptive introduction clears up many uncertainties about Hale’s life and provides an outline of her most significant years. (more…)

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Tramp - the Life of Charlie Chaplin by Joyce Milton

Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin

Tramp: The Life Of Charlie Chaplin, by Joyce Milton

Description of  Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977) was one of the most loved, hated, and gossiped-about figures in film history. On screen the handsome actor delighted viewers with his “Tramp” character, but off screen he betrayed friends and colleagues, stole ideas, evaded taxes, and developed a reputation as a seducer of startlingly young women. Tramp traces Chaplin’s life and career, from his childhood in the slums of London, through his early days as a music hall entertainer, to his meteoric rise and astonishing success in the American film world (including seventy-one films by age thirty-three), and his exile in Europe in the McCarthyist 1950s. Attributing some of his disturbing behavior to manic-depression, Milton confronts his troubling views, especially on politics, while celebrating his artistic genius in this probing and revelatory biography. (more…)

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The Gamine (Paulette Goddard) sneaking up on Charlie the Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) in Modern Times

Modern Times photo gallery

Modern Times photo gallery — photos from Charlie Chaplin‘s classic film,  Modern Times, co-starring Paulette Goddard, Al Garcia, Chester Conklin, Henry Bergman.

Some of these photos are courtesy of Wikimedia (more…)

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Chaplin – A Life

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Born in London in 1889,  Charlie Chaplin grew up in dire poverty. Both his parents were in show business, but severe alcoholism cut short his father’s flourishing career, and his beloved mother first lost her voice, then lost her mind to syphilis. Charlie at age seven was committed to the Hanwell School for Orphans and Destitute Children. How then did this poor, lonely child become such an extraordinary comedian, known and celebrated worldwide?

Chaplin: A Life - Stephen A. Weissman - "always provocative and at times heart-wrenching ... an important addition to an understanding of my father's genius and art." - Geraldine ChaplinBuy from Amazon.comChaplin cut his teeth in British music halls, but it was America that made him. At age twenty-five, he was touring here with a vaudeville troupe when his talents caught the eye of entertainment entrepreneur Mack Sennett, who spirited him off to California and signed him to a film contract. Chaplin became Sennett’s star comedian, and by twenty-eight the actor had become a millionaire and the world’s greatest celebrity. Weissman traces Chaplin’s life and the sources of his genius in fascinating detail, demonstrating how his tragic childhood shaped his personality and his art. (more…)

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