Showing posts with label Minnie Chaplin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Minnie Chaplin. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A DOG'S LIFE

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. 
"Hellooo"

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Charlie with sister-in-law, Minnie, on the set of CITY LIGHTS, c. 1930

Minnie Gilbert Chaplin, a former Fred Karno Company performer, was the first wife of Charlie's half-brother, Sydney (although there is no legal record of their marriage). She appeared in five of Sydney's Keystone films and makes a brief appearance in one of the dancehall scenes in A Dog's Life. She died of cancer in 1936.






Sunday, October 13, 2013

Keystone banquet at Levy's Cafe, 1915

Charlie was already at Essanay by this time, but you'll recognize many of his co-stars. It's always interesting to see these folks out of costume.

From Father Goose: The Story Of Mack Sennett by Gene Fowler (1934)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

World Tour Revisited: Leftovers

September 1931 marked the halfway point of Chaplin's 18-month world tour. I thought I would take this post to look back over the past 9 months with some photos that didn't make into my original World Tour Revisited posts.


U.S., Feb. 1931
On the train to New York en route to England.

London, Feb. 1931:


On the roof of the Ritz Carlton.

With Jack Fitchett, a friend from his vaudeville days.

Party following the London premiere of City Lights, Feb. 27th, 1931

Winston Churchill toasts Charlie.

With journalist Hannen Swaffer.

Dancing with Lady Doreen Stanley at a party following the premiere of City Lights.


Berlin, March 1931
At the Hotel Adlon.



Vienna, March 16th, 1931




Paris, March 1931

At the Folies Bergère. Chaplin's press agent Carlyle Robinson is in the background.

Boar Hunt, Normandy, March 25th, 1931



Nice, April 1931




French Riviera Summer 1931

L-R: Charlie, May, Syd & Minnie Chaplin. 

Aboard the HMS Shropshire in Cannes.

Charlie and May Reeves on the streets of Cannes. 
On the beach in Juan-les-Pins. Source: Lisa Stein Haven
Source: Lisa Stein Haven
Sunbathing with May.

Bullfight, San Sebastian, August 1931

Harry d'Arrast and May are seated next to Charlie on the right.

Biarritz, September 1931

Monday, November 19, 2012

With sister-in-law Minnie Chaplin on the set of CITY LIGHTS

This photo is from David Robinson's Charlie Chaplin: Comic Genius & incorrectly identifies the woman as Edna Purviance. Except for the hair, I never really thought this woman looked like Edna, plus Edna had very little contact with Charlie during this time, so it's unlikely she would have been visiting him at the studio. Thanks to Linda Wada and Lisa Stein Haven for their help in identifying Minnie, who was the first wife Sydney Chaplin.