Chaplin & Paulette Goddard, c.1939

Given the date, the sad look on Charlie’s face, and Paulette’s black veil and dress, this photo may have been taken at Douglas Fairbanks’ funeral in December 1939. Chaplin’s hair is dyed for the filming The Great Dictator which he began shooting in September.


  1. In my files, this picture is dated Feb 09 1940. However, I can't remember why. Charlie is wearing a tuxedo. Is that the correct way of dressing to attend funerals? We can see they are seated in a row, so, if they are not seated in a church, may be they are attending a show? What kind of show? May be an homage to Doug, less than 2 months after his death, which could explain Paulette's black veil and dress, and Chaplin's sadness? More questions than answers, I know…D.

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