Showing posts with label Konrad Bercovici. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Konrad Bercovici. Show all posts

Friday, October 31, 2014

The bench photos

Located at the end of a row of offices near the studio screening room, this bench was a popular spot for photos at the Chaplin Studio.

The building straight ahead is a corner of the studio laboratory. I believe the studio entrance gate is around the corner
 from the bench, between the screening room and the lab.

A few photos of Chaplin and others with the bench:

Chaplin posing with an airmail package, 1927

Posing with Kono, 1927
 (taken at the same time as the "airmail" photos above)

With Harry d'Arrast, 1923
With Chuck Reisner (left) and Konrad Bercovici, c.1924
With ballerina Anna Pavlova, 1922
Betty Morrissey (left) and Merna Kennedy, c. 1926

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Charlie with his friend, writer Konrad Bercovici, c. 1922

In 1947, Bercovici brought a 5 million dollar plagiarism suit against Charlie. He claimed that both the idea and the script for The Great Dictator were his own. Although Charlie initially wanted to contest the suit, it came at a troubling period in his life, and instead he settled out of court for $95,000. Needless to say, the suit marked the end of their friendship.