“I had no idea what makeup to put on. I did not like my get-up as the press reporter [in Making a Living]. However on the way to the wardrobe I thought I would dress in baggy pants, big shoes, a cane and a derby hat. I wanted everything to be a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large. I was undecided whether to look old or young, but remembering Sennett had expected me to be a much older man, I added a small mustache, which I reasoned, would add age without hiding my expression.
I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the makeup made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked on stage he was fully born.” (Chaplin, My Autobiography, 1964)
|Tramp costume, c.1918|
|Chaplin’s bowler hat, cane, and shoes from a 1987 Christie’s auction.|
|Prop mustache worn by Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940),
attached to a piece of paper signed and inscribed to Chaplin’s friend, Maurice Bessy:
To Maurice – thank you for your book – merci! Charlie Chaplin, Sept. 1946.
|Rollie Totheroh, Charlie’s cameraman for over 35 years,
looks pensively at the costume Chaplin wore in The Kid (1921).
Photo from 1954.
|82-year-old Chaplin holding a cane he used in Modern Times (1936).|