Showing posts with label 1950s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1950s. Show all posts

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"Studio closed. Labor Day"

This production report shows that the Chaplin Studio was closed on Labor Day, September 1st, 1952. It also records Chaplin's final days in Hollywood--Sept. 5th being the last day he ever set foot in the studio he built in 1918. The next day, he left California for London for the premiere of Limelight, not to return until 1972.

Monday, October 26, 2015

BBC Radio Interview with Chaplin from October 15th, 1952

Charlie is interviewed by film producer Michael Balcon, actor John Mills and critics Dilys Powell and Paul Holt.

Duration: 29 minutes

Monday, January 5, 2015

Charlie & Oona at a train stop in Chicago on their way to New York City, January, 1950.  Chaplin was traveling to NY to audition leading ladies for his upcoming film, Limelight.

Lillian Ross of the New Yorker, who was also a friend of the Chaplins, spent some time with Charlie during this visit & wrote an interesting little article about it here.  Her observations of Chaplin are always fascinating.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Colorized photos from ILLUSTRATED magazine, September 20th, 1952

The photographer, Antony Beauchamp (son-in-law of Winston Churchill), recalled that Chaplin's secretary tried to cancel this sitting the day before. Beauchamp replied with a telegram stating that he was going to show up at the scheduled time anyway "whether the drawbridge is up or down." So the next day he "stormed" the Chaplin house. "After half an hour Charlie came down and surrendered. Fortified by Moscow Mules, a favourite Hollywood cocktail, we took pictures for an hour and a half before the star sank into an armchair, begging for respite. Then my assistant rushed in to tell me that my camera had not been working properly, the session had been wasted. So another round of Moscow Mules was quickly ordered and handed round. Chaplin drank, lifted himself from his armchair, and began to pose for me once again." (Illustrated, 9/20/52)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Home movie footage, c. 1950s

The folks at the beginning are Jerry Epstein (far left), Kay Kendall and Rex Harrison. Kendall was a former girlfriend of Sydney (the younger) and was Charlie's first choice to play Ann Kay in A King In New York. I think the first blonde is Noelle Adam, son Sydney's wife and the second (the one who hugs Charlie) is Oona's childhood friend, Carol Marcus (later Matthau, wife of Walter) but this is just a guess. There is also a brief shot of Claire Bloom sitting on the lawn at the Manoir.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cover of Italian magazine, Epoca, 1954

This might be the Siamese cat named Monkey that Chaplin brought to Switzerland from Hollywood.

Thursday, November 14, 2013