The caption on the back reads:
"Chaplin in one of his moods of play. He's probably singing one of his topical songs of the music-hall days, which Sid Grauman, the Los Angeles exhibitor, finds intriguing."
|Cover of premiere program. See the inside here.|
A novel presentation of the celebrities present was accomplished by unreeling a special movie showing a procession of stars in specially acted incidents with Fred Niblo as master of ceremonies, both in film and on the stage.The applause for Mabel Normand's entry was second only to that of Charlie himself.
Rudolph Valentino in the screen introduction was presented in a bathing suit and bathrobe as an oceanside victim of auto thieves. At this point a noise of running feet in the aisles attracted attention to a racing figure which was Rudy, sure enough, in a bathrobe. Niblo reproached the sheik for appearing in such a costume, whereupon Rudy nonchalantly unpeeled the checkered robe and revealed the proprieties of a tuxedo.1
|Chaplin at the premiere.|
|John Barrymore, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlotte Pickford, and Mary Pickford|
at the opening.
|Chaplin with Sid Grauman|
|Charlie’s hairdresser, Gabriele Di Rito, gives him a trim, 1960s.|
According to Di Rito, Charlie was a very good tipper.
|Chaplin fixes Paulette Goddard's hair on the set of Modern Times.|
"Once he said after tennis--he used to call me Buddy--"Come on up, Buddy, and I'll give you a haircut." So I sat on a high stool and he gave me a hair cut. A few weeks later I was down in Los Angeles and I went in the barber shop and the barber said, "Who cut your hair last time?" And quietly I said "Charlie Chaplin." The barber looked at me and said, "I ask you a civil question. I expect a civil answer."3May Collins
Since he didn't like my going to the hairdresser, he cut my hair himself, or rather slashed it, so I looked like a village child disfigured by the barber. Chaplin didn't like long hair; he preferred it almost shaved, like a boy's, so that one could see the shell at the nape of the neck. He abhorred curls and waves. "Hair should fall naturally," he lectured me as he made deep notches in mine.
I groaned, "Enough, enough, Charlie! No shorter!" But he cut with such fury that the newspapers the next day would surely proclaim me a refugee from a gypsy camp.4Oona O'Neill
"Oona had beautiful long hair," remembered Chaplin's second cousin Betty Chaplin Tetrick. "After Geraldine [the couple's second child] was born she couldn't decide whether or not to cut it. She was young, and like young girls she made a big thing of it. Charlie got the scissors and made the decision for her. He loved to cut hair. He started cutting but couldn't get it even, so he kept cutting. The poor thing ended up with this short and jagged haircut."5Sid Grauman
Sid Grauman, whose long, bushy locks have been for years the target for many good-natured gibes from friends and columnists, appeared on the scene one day as Charlie was engaged in feather-edging his own neckline. In the mirror, Charlie spied Sid's long bob. He talked fast to allay any suspicion of the foul intent in his mind, completing his work. Then, jumping down from the chair, he pounced upon the unwary Sid, urging him to let him "trim some of those uneven ends a little." Sid climbed into the chair, cautioning Charlie to "go easy." Charlie snatched up the electric clippers and, before Sid could stay his hand, buzzed a neatly mowed path through the forest of Sid's Fiji-Islanderish locks. Then whirling the chair so Sid could glimpse the havoc, and the picture of penitence, he explained that the clippers had "slipped." So there was nothing to do but cut the whole head to match. Sid took one despairing look and slumped speechless deeper into the chair, cursing himself silently for a trusting fool. 6
Grauman didn't speak to Chaplin for months afterward.
|Gaffney Ledger, Oct. 29, 1925|
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