Charlie was on the Indonesian leg of his 1931-32 World Tour promoting City Lights. His arrival in Surabaya was at the end of a two day, 400-mile journey by car through Java from Batavia. Here he and his brother Syd, who was traveling with him (but is not pictured below), would catch the K.P.M. steamer for Bali the next day. At the hotel, he was greeted by Belgian stage actress Jeanne Van Rijn and psychic medium Kitty Pétri (in photo below standing to the right of CC) who presented him with a bouquet of roses. He then made a brief speech over the radio in the hotel lobby. Read more about Charlie’s welcome at the Orange Hotel as well as the brothers’ travels through Java, including their experience with a “dutch wife” here.
|Photo courtesy of Lisa Stein Haven|