Showing posts with label The Idle Class. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Idle Class. Show all posts

Friday, May 13, 2016

Accidents will happen...

During the filming of The Great Dictator (1940)


While filming one of the ghetto scenes with Paulette, Chaplin's left hand was caught in a slamming gate, breaking his middle finger.

"Leading lady (and Mrs. Chaplin) Paulette Goddard quickly called a car and rushed Chaplin to Hollywood Hospital, where they found themselves completely ignored by the hospital doctors & staff. After an interminable wait, Goddard approached a doctor and said that Mr. Chaplin's case needed immediate attention. The doctor looked more closely at Chaplin and his finger, then immediately apologized, stating, according to the original press book of The Great Dictator, 'When I saw you both coming in in makeup, I thought it was a couple of Hollywood jokers having a little fun at our expense.'" (Hooman Mehran, "Second Thoughts On The Great Dictator,Chaplin: The Dictator & The Tramp, BFI, 2004)

Watching the film closely, you can see Chaplin favoring his finger in certain scenes, including the one right before the gate closes, which suggests that he reshot this scene after the accident.


You can clearly see a bandage on Charlie's finger in the coin-eating scene.


And at the October 1939 funeral of Ford Sterling.

L-R: Harold Lloyd, Mack Sennett, Barney Oldfield, CC, Douglas Fairbanks, Donald Crisp and Charlie Murray.

During the filming of Easy Street (1917).

In the scene where Charlie pulls the lamppost down on the bully (Eric Campbell), the lamp's sharp metal edge cut across the bridge of his nose requiring stitches. The injury contributed to a delay in the release of the film.


During the filming of The Circus (1928).

Chaplin told journalist Egon Kisch in 1929 that he was scratched so badly by the monkeys while filming the tightrope scene that he had to be under a doctor's care for six weeks. Kisch noted that Chaplin had "two clearly visible wounds." (Egon Erwin Kisch, "I Work With Charlie Chaplin," 1929)


During the filming of The Idle Class (1921).

In his autobiography, Charlie mentions a "slight accident" with a blowtorch while filming the scene below. "The heat of it went through my asbestos pants, so we added another layer of asbestos." (My Autobiography, 1964)


Naturally, the press took this story and ran with it.

Capital Times, May 11, 1921

The "studio hospital"? Must have been next to the Chaplin Studio restaurant.
Adding that Edna "helped smother the flames" was a nice touch at the end.

Friday, September 25, 2015

THE IDLE CLASS, released September 25th, 1921

"An absent-minded husband"
In his autobiography, Chaplin mentions having a "slight accident" with the blowtorch in this scene.
 "The heat of it went through my asbestos pants, so we added another layer of asbestos."
Edna with Lillan (left) & Lillita McMurray (later Lita Grey),
 Chaplin's future wife and mother-in-law.
Chaplin (and I believe he is wearing the costume here)
struggling with the helmet of his knight suit. 
However the identity of the person wearing the armor in this scene remains a mystery--
or is it Armand Triller as suggested by Paul Duncan in the new book
  The Chaplin Archives (see comments below).

Monday, February 23, 2015

Outtake from THE IDLE CLASS (1921)


This footage was taken from a 1960s TV series called Hollywood & The Stars. The documentary has some other rare footage including a portion of a 1918 screen test with little Dorothy Rosher (later Joan Marsh) for The Bond, as well as clips of Charlie with visitors and rehearsing for City Lights.

See another deleted bowling alley scene from The Idle Class here.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

Charlie & his crew on location in Griffith Park during production of THE IDLE CLASS, c. 1921.

Seated next to Charlie is Mack Swain (with cigar) & Allan Garcia (right).

The Idle Class was Allan Garcia’s first film with Chaplin. His most prominent role was as the cruel ringmaster in The Circus (1928). He would later appear as the millionaire’s butler in City Lights (1931) & the factory boss in Modern Times (1936). Garcia died in 1938 at age 51.