The Kid and City Lights will be shown back to back next Monday night beginning at 12:45AM (sorry East Coasters).
Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1926), which is on TCM tonight at midnight (EST), features Reginald Gardiner (Schultz from The Great Dictator) in an uncredited role. As I type this The Birds is on TCM which features Tippi Hedron who was also in A Countess From Hong Kong (other actors who worked for both Chaplin & Hitchcock include Nigel Bruce, Isobel Elsom & Norman Lloyd). Chaplin and Hitchcock knew each other personally, although I’m not sure when they met exactly. Hitch also attended a couple of Circle Theater performances (he closed his eyes during one play and later told Sydney Chaplin: “I wasn’t asleep. I see through my eyelids.”) I also read once that he really liked Chaplin’s 1923 film The Pilgrim.