Showing posts with label James Abbe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label James Abbe. Show all posts

Monday, December 7, 2015

Chaplin as THE PILGRIM by James Abbe

This photo, an original from 1922, is currently up for auction on eBay. Good luck if you intend to bid. I've seen these Abbe photos sell for $200-$300.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (April 16, 1889 - December 25, 1977)

Portrait by James Abbe, 1922
"Charlie Chaplin, the deathly shy, undersized, lower-class boy, born into a society that seemed to despise these things, dreamed he would overcome his handicaps, even preposterously dreamed he would go out and conquer the world. Put quite simply, he did. Jimmy the Fearless made his dreams his life." --John McCabe, Charlie Chaplin, 1978

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jackie Coogan and Granville Redmond on the set of THE KID, 1920

Photo by James Abbe

Redmond was a deaf painter who kept a studio on Chaplin's lot and had bit parts in a few of his films. In The Kid he plays a friend of the father.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chaplin with photographer James Abbe, in and out of costume, 1922

"When I have photographed Charlie Chaplin in character his mustache has fitted his role. When I have asked Charlie to remove his mustache and be himself he has readily acquiesced, revealing Charlie the shy, introspective, elusive person who has never been quite understood, and never quite understood himself." James Abbe, Boston Globe, 1932

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cover of VU magazine, April 1931

The cover photo is a close-up of a portrait taken by James Abbe in 1922 for The Pilgrim. The same close-up is on the cover of the English & French editions of the book Chaplin In Pictures.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Publicity stills for THE PILGRIM

These famous photos of Charlie in his clerical costume from The Pilgrim were taken by James Abbe in the Fall of 1922.  Abbe later recalled the photo session:
A creature of moods, Charlie had probably been in a new mood the night he got into his off-beat clerical Pilgrim garb and make-up, he left every pose up to me. He responded so rapidly I used up the 24 film holders within 45 minutes. A record time for me on an important job and a record, Charlie told me later, in his posing for stills.