Saturday Night Live opening skit from 1978 featuring a silent movie parody of Chaplin’s grave robbery. Gilda Radner plays Chaplin.

The grave robbers are portrayed by John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd (Ackroyd later played Mack Sennett in the 1992 Chaplin film). Bill Murray plays a cop.


  1. oh man….sick and wrong, yet entertaining as well. Nicely filmed in Black and White. Out here in CA, they are going to be showing "The Great Dictator" in Niles at the old theater there this weekend. I find it an odd choice, because the Niles theater shows silents every weekend, mostly shorts, and lots of Chaplin, but a sound film is rarely shown. I am thinking of going over there just to experience the film with an audience, albeit a small one. The Niles theater has the BEST silent movie museum and gift shop attached to it, too.

  2. This is an adorable parody of a terribly unfortunate incident. Perhaps Charlie would've appreciated the homage. I've never seen this before. Thanks for sharing!

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