Showing posts with label Loyal Underwood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Loyal Underwood. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Short, Short Story about Loyal Underwood

This article is a bit tongue-in-cheek but I never knew Loyal had a radio career. In fact, he spent a few years in the 1930s as a singing cowboy in a group called Loyal Underwood and the Arizona Wranglers (and later the Range Riders) who not only appeared on the radio but toured the country making personal appearances. Read more here.

Underwood started with Chaplin in 1916 (the article says his first film was Easy Street but other sources claim he was a "small guest" in The Count) & appeared in several films up to The Pilgrim (1922), his final appearance was in 1952's Limelight. One New York Times article has him working in the production office of the Chaplin studios in 1940. Underwood died in 1968 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Radio Doings, January 25, 1930

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Released April 14th, 1918, this was Chaplin's first "million dollar comedy" for First National and the first film he made in his newly built studio in Hollywood.

"Scraps--A Thoroughbred Mongrel." His real name was Mut (or Mutt). The story goes
that when Charlie left for a Liberty Bond tour shortly after filming was completed, Mut,
who had become very attached to him, died of "a broken heart."
 He was buried on the studio grounds.
This was the first of Charlie's film to feature his brother, Sydney,
 who had already made several successful films for Keystone including
the "Gussle" films and The Submarine Pirate.
Syd's first wife, Minnie, (far left) appears in the dancehall scenes usually dancing with
Albert Austin (with mustache) who is getting ready to cut in on Minnie
and her dance partner in this scene.

The dance hall drummer (Chuck Reisner) thinks Charlie has a tail.
 This was Reisner's first film with Chaplin.
"A new singer sings an old song"
...and makes everyone cry
including Henry Bergman, dressed as a woman, and Loyal Underwood.
Edna's singing inspires the bartender, played by Andy Anderson,
 to put back the money he stole from the cash register.
 Anderson later became the skipper of Chaplin's yacht, Panacea
 This was also the first film in which Granville Redmond appears.
Redmond was a deaf painter who kept a studio on Chaplin's lot. 
"I'm flirting"
Poor Mut was plied with alcohol for this scene. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Outtake from The Idle Class

Below are stills (or on set images) from a bowling alley sequence that was filmed (supposedly) for The Idle Class but never used.