Here is the Chaplin episode of the E! network’s “Mysteries & Scandals” series which originally aired in 1998. If you’re familiar with Chaplin you won’t find anything new here. The presentation is beyond tacky, complete with the smarmy host and really dumb reenactments. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of focus on Chaplin’s so-called “obsession” with teenage girls (sigh) & his communist ties (yawn). However, the piece is interspersed with some interesting commentary by the likes of David Totheroh (Rollie’s grandson), Wes Gehring, and believe it or not, the late Joyce Milton (author of the “bio” Tramp), who is surprisingly fair towards Chaplin in her remarks.
For an extra special (ahem) treat, go to the video’s youtube page and read the comments. Although I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re prone to heart palpitations and high blood pressure. Here’s a tasty morsel:
“The midget Chaplin was about as funny as a migraine.
Plus he was a child molesting commie swine….scum of the Earth.
The epitome of the Hollywood perverted degenerate.”