Showing posts with label Marion Davies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marion Davies. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

W.R. Hearst, Marion Davies, and Chaplin at the Motion Picture Electrical Parade and Sports Pageant, Sept. 1932

The woman on Chaplin's left is Blanche Hearst, the former wife of Hearst's son, George.

The parade, held at the Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles, and arranged by Jack Warner, was a charity event for the Motion Picture Relief Fund and the Marion Davies Foundation (for childhood diseases). It was also a non-official campaign event for then-Democratic presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was the guest of honor.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chaplin at the Hearst Castle, San Simeon, 1933

The center of attention, as always.

Marion Davies is at right (on the phone), the blonde in black is Carmel Snow, editor of Harper's Bazaar.
Charlie has a ring on his nose, perhaps imitating a bull. 
Marion is at far left. The woman in the hat next to Charlie might be Anita Loos.
Photos by Martin Munkasci

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New footage

I came across these video clips on Getty Images recently. Although Charlie appears for only a few seconds in both, the footage was unfamiliar to me.

This first clip is from a luncheon for George Bernard Shaw in 1933.  You can see Charlie walking behind Marion Davies smoking a cigarette.

This clip is from the funeral for Will Rogers in 1935. Charlie appears around :44. Mary Pickford can be seen about ten seconds later.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Chaplin in SHOW PEOPLE (1928)

Here's Chaplin's cameo in King Vidor's Show People, starring Marion Davies and William Haines.

I think that's Harry Crocker walking with Chaplin at the beginning.

Notice Marion doesn't exactly say "Who is that little guy?" when Charlie walks away at the end.

Friday, February 19, 2016

On the tennis court at Marion Davies' beach house, c. late 1920s

Familiar faces include Marion Davies, Bebe Daniels, Harry Crocker, Ralph Barton, Harry D'Arrast, and (of course) Charlie, among others.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A fancy dress party given by Marion Davies at the Ambassador Hotel, c. April 1926*

Charlie, dressed as Napoleon, is between Marion and John Gilbert. Irving Thalberg is below Marion. At bottom left is Eleanor Boardman. Seated above her is Charlie’s second wife, Lita, dressed as Josephine. Evidently a highlight of the party was Chaplin, in costume, performing a solo Charleston dance. Read more about the party here and here and here.

Chaplin with Princess Bibesco, who at the time was a houseguest
of Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford, who were also at the party.

*Many sources give the date of the party as 1925 but I believe the date is most likely April 1926 since Marion often hosted a costume party for W.R. Hearst's birthday which was at the end of April (others who were in attendance recall that it was a party for Hearst). Princess Bibesco, in the photo with Charlie above, was a houseguest of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in the early part of 1926. In fact, she made the news when she had a horse riding accident at Pickfair in January. Lita claims in her first memoir that the party was held "after New Year's" and that her empire-waist dress was made to conceal her first pregnancy (Charlie, Jr. born May 1925). This could be partially correct since the party may have been held after the New Year--but in 1926 not 1925. However the problem with this scenario is that I don't believe Lita is pregnant here either. Her second son, Sydney, was born in March 1926 and she would have been noticeably pregnant during the first part of the year. To me, she doesn't look like a woman in the latter stages of her pregnancy in the photo. This was most likely after his birth when she still would have had some belly bulge, hence the empire waist dress. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Luncheon for Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw at the MGM studio restaurant, March 1933

Shaw flew to Hollywood from the Hearst Ranch in San Simeon, where he and his wife had been guests for several days. He was shown around the MGM lot by Marion Davies, who acted as host, visiting the sets of When Ladies Meet and Dinner At Eight (Chaplin accompanying them). Others present at the lunch were Louis B. Mayer, Clark Gable, William Randolph Hearst, John Barrymore, Harry Crocker, and Una Merkel. Chaplin & Shaw spent much of the meal discussing Japanese theater. The two first met in 1931 during Chaplin's world tour.

L-R: CC, Shaw, Davies, Louis B. Mayer, & Clark Gable
CC, Davies, and Shaw

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Footage of Chaplin and Marion Davies at the premiere of Marion's film FLORODORA GIRL (1930)

The footage of Chaplin at the beginning is from the premiere of The Circus in 1928. Actual footage of Chaplin from the Florodora Girl premiere starts around the 4:46 mark. You'll notice that his hair is dyed black for the filming of City Lights. Lots of other stars can be seen as well.

Click here to see a some still shots of Charlie and Marion at the premiere.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Group photo of United Artists' stars, management, and crew, c.late 1920s

Charlie is in the middle between Marion Davies and Gloria Swanson. Adolphe Menjou is at far right.
In this closeup of the above photo you can see a few more familiar faces:
Mary Pickford at far left in the second row. D.W. Griffith second from right.
 Colleen Moore in front of Griffith & Harry Crocker in the front row.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Charlie with his second wife, Lita (right), and Marion Davies, c. 1925

This is an interesting picture for a couple of reasons: a.) there are few pictures of Charlie and Lita together and b.) Marion was Charlie's mistress at the time.

Speaking of the Charlie-Lita-Marion triangle. I found the following little tidbit in a 1926 issue of Picture Play magazine:
(Marion accompanied Charlie to a Raquel Meller concert.)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Chaplin's cameo in King Vidor's Show People (1928)

Note when the intertitle says "Who's the little guy?" that Marion Davies actually mouths "Who's the shrimp?"
You can watch the entire film on TCM on November 18th.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

With Marion Davies, c. 1924

This photo may have been taken at the premiere of Marion's film, Janice Meredith.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th Of July to fans in the U.S.

This video shows Charlie lighting fireworks off the balcony of Marion Davies’ beach home in Santa Monica, CA, July 4th, 1928. Also in the clip are William Randolph Hearst & Harold Lloyd who can be seen walking towards the camera at the end of the video. The music is Charlie’s own composition, “Sing A Song."