Chaplin conducting a band, c.1915

This footage may have been shot around the time of the Essanay film, The Tramp, which was filmed in Niles, CA & released in April 1915. Chaplin appears to be wearing the same costume he wore in the film, with remnants of the flour bag scene still on his lapels.

courtesy of Lucy Jaffe


  1. Right – this is new to me too! It shows how good he is at improv. Although – we have seen a lot of the moves before in various shorts. I love how the musicians are trying to play while they are laughing….Silly Charlie

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