This short promotional film features Charlie and Buster Keaton in their first onscreen appearance together (& only silent film appearance)–thirty years before Limelight. A number of other stars can also be seen including Jackie Coogan, who is seated next to Charlie. This real-life gathering was the inaugural meeting of the Independent Screen Artists’ Guild which took place at the Ambassador Hotel in Hollywood in December 1921. Sadly this version of the film has been edited. There should be a short clip from Chaplin’s then-upcoming film, The Pilgrim, at the end (an alternate take at that). Would love to see it.


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