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Saturday, October 4, 2014

SHANGHAIED, released October 4th, 1915

This was Chaplin's eleventh film for Essanay--and one of my personal favorites.

The production of the film was not without problems, however. According to Moving Picture World of September 25th, 1915, the schooner, Vaquero, which Chaplin rented for the film, broke a shaft. The nearest launch to rescue them was five miles away, so the company, which included Edna Purviance, had to spend the night on the stormy sea with no food or water. Two members of the party, Essanay Producer Jesse Robbins & Lou Trimbly (?), took off in a rowboat to get help but nearly drowned when the boat capsized. A wireless station in Venice tried to signal the ship but the vessel was not outfitted with wireless. They semaphored and Chaplin sent back the following message: "Help! We're starving and thirsty." Eventually all were rescued.