Charlie serenades Paulette with an accordion on the Panacea, c. 1933

Charlie bought his first accordion (perhaps the same one he is playing here) during his romance with Georgia Hale a few years before. According to her, they were shopping for a gift for her sister’s wedding when Charlie spotted the instrument and couldn’t resist buying it. After they returned to her house, he strolled around trying to play it while she got dressed for the evening. By the time she was ready, he was playing the instrument “like a trouper.” (Georgia Hale, Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Close-ups)


  1. I often wonder, what happened to that boat? There was talk that she got it as part of the divorce, but he's mentioned using it after 1943, and then the boat seems to disappear. I remember, upon looking up Panacea, Chaplin Boat, seeing a news article around `1949 or 1950 that HE sold it, not she. But I've never been able to trace it after that.

  2. Correct – though I thought the article I saw was earlier, before he left the US. How can a boat just disappear? Doesn't there have to be records, like a car? Maybe I am just thinking about it too much.

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