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catching up with the chaplins

Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan visits Chas (and hits him up for money) on the set of Modern Times. 1936.

catching up with the chaplins

fancy sling

Chas — his fancy sling a result of an injury incurred on the set of Modern Times — with H.G. Wells and boxer Gene Tunney on the occasion of Wells’ visit to Hollywood. December 2, 1935.

catching up with the chaplins


Chas (center, in clown-like makeup) played a plumber’s assistant in popular author and playwright Wal Pink‘s comedy sketch Repairs. That’s half-brother Syd on top of the ladder. 1906.

catching up with the chaplins

Chaplin, Huston

Chas with John Huston during the production of A Countess from Hong Kong. 1967.

I read this morning that Chaplin would have been Chaplin’s 125th birthday had he somehow achieved immortality. Imagine how grouchy he’d have been if he lived!

catching up with the chaplins

Pay Day

Chas catches up on his reading in between takes of Pay Day. 1922.

the sennett days

A Film Johnnie

Chaplin—on the ground near posters for Keystone and Mutual films—in A Film Johnnie. George Nichols. 1914.

catching up with the chaplins

Making A Living

Chas (on right) with Henry Lehrman (center) in Making A Living, Chaplin’s screen debut which was released 100 years ago today. (The name of the actor on the left has been lost over the past century.) Why we know the release date of an otherwise random Sennett one reeler is beyond me so we’ll have to take consensus’s word for it that it was February 2.

While writing the caption I read the wikipedia entry for Mr. Lehrman and it’s interesting stuff. Aside from being the first man to co-star with, write for and direct Chaplin on film, he was also the betrothed of Virginia Rappe and “was notorious for his low regard toward actors, and his willingness to place his actors in dangerous situations earned him the nickname ‘Mr. Suicide.'”

a book by its cover

Russian edition of My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin.

a book by its cover

I Couldn't Smoke the Grass


catching up with the chaplins

Nuits Rouges

Josephine Chaplin and Gayle Hunnicutt in Nuits Rouges. Georges Franju. 1974.