Footage of Winston Churchill’s visit to the set of CITY LIGHTS, September 24th, 1929



A few days after his visit with Chaplin, Mr. Churchill wrote to his wife Clementine: 

“We made gt friends with Charlie Chaplin. You cd not help liking him. The boys were fascinated by him. He is a marvellous comedian – bolshy in politics – delightful in conversation. He acted his new film for us in a wonderful way. It is to be his gt attempt to prove that the silent drama or pantomime is superior to the new talkies. Certainly if pathos & wit still count for anything it is out to win an easy victory.” (www.loc.gov)

Besides CC and Churchill, others in the footage include (L-R):
Chaplin’s studio manager Alf Reeves, Churchill’s son, Randolph, Churchill’s brother, John,
his son, John, Jr., and Chaplin’s friend, Ambassador Moore (note his photobomb at :54).

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