Chaplin with Nikita Balieff’s “La Chauve-Souris,” Los Angeles, 1928

Balieff, far right and with Chaplin below, was the creator and director of La Chauve-Souris (“bat” in French), an offshoot of the Moscow Art Theater. The show consisted of songs, dances, and sketches, including the famous “Parade of Wooden Soldiers.”

Both photos by Sergis Alberts.

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