Showing posts with label 1910s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1910s. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE MASQUERADER, released August 27th, 1914

This film is noted for Charlie's female impersonation (which is flawless), but to me, one of the best things about it is the business at the beginning with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. They will do a full-fledged pairing up two films later in The Rounders (Chaplin & Arbuckle appeared together in seven Keystones).

screenshots from Chaplin At Keystone (Flicker Alley)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chaplin with actress & longtime scenarist for Cecil B. DeMille, Jeanie MacPherson

MacPherson was also one of the first licensed female pilots in the late 1910s. She was known for her barnstorming stunts.

Picture-Play, September 1917

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rare posed photos of Chaplin from 1914

Chaplin's costume is similar, except for the tie, to the one he wears in Getting Acquainted, so perhaps these photos were going to be used for publicity purposes. No photographer is given. All I can say is: where have these photos been hiding for the last 100 years?

Source: (three of the originals were flipped the wrong direction, so I corrected them)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Charlie gets the death sentence, 1918

"Charles Spencer Chaplin, the most famous man in the world, stood with his hands tied behind his back, sentenced to death. He wore a blindfold which had slipped up over his forehead.
'You have to shut your eyes, Mr. Chaplin--you have to shut your eyes!' shouted the bigger of two boys, who was squinting behind a gun. The other one was bringing up ammunition. Mr. Chaplin did as he was told. There was a great shout from the children on the lot when the small, tailored figure swayed gently and then toppled over realistically. When he lay still for the space of ten seconds, the boys ran over and shook him in genuine alarm, followed by all the other kiddies in the yard of the studio. Mr. Chaplin sat up, slipped the bandage from his forehead, and laughed good-naturedly as the children squatted around him on the grass and demanded a story." (Picture Play, December 1918)

The above photo was taken when Charlie was casting for children for what would have originally been the opening scenes of Shoulder Arms. According to an article in Picture Play magazine, Charlie enjoyed playing with the children but also watched over them as if they were his own.

Below are a few more photos. You can read the article here.