Directing A Day’s Pleasure, 1919

Charlie directs a group of black jazz musicians in a scene from A Day’s Pleasure which was filmed aboard a rented boat in San Pedro, California. Cameraman Rollie Totheroh was able to achieve the effect of a rocking boat by attaching a pendulum to the camera, which is visible in both photos. It should also be noted that Chaplin paid the musicians top daily salaries for their work.

I always find the photos of Charlie where he is in makeup but without a mustache to be a bit odd. 


  1. I know what you mean, Jess. When he's in makeup but sans mustache, he looks androgynous; it's kind of jarring. He's got a Ziggy Stardust thing going on with that look. 😉

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