Showing posts with label video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sydney Chaplin on "Password," April 29th, 1965

Many thanks to my friend, Tom, for bringing this to my attention. I'd never seen it before.

Sydney mentions that he was still performing with the musical Funny Girl as Nick Arnstein, opposite Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice. He had been nominated for a Tony for the role the previous year (he won the Tony in 1957 for Bells Are Ringing).

An interesting sidelight: This program aired nearly two weeks after the death of Sydney's namesake, his uncle Syd Chaplin, who passed away on April 16th (Charlie's birthday).

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Newsreel footage, April 1927

The following newsreel shows Chaplin, Mrs. James Walker, wife of the Mayor of New York City, and Manhattan Borough President, Julius Miller, riding in a stagecoach around Manhattan promoting "Slippery Gulch," a charity fundraiser. That's Charlie sitting on top of the stagecoach at the beginning, holding a whip and wearing a big hat. There are some nice closeups of him around the 1:14 mark.

Chaplin had been in New York since January of that year, staying at the apartment of his lawyer, Nathan Burkan, while his divorce from Lita Grey was in litigation. Shortly after his arrival he'd had a nervous breakdown and had not been seen in public for a while--hence the following headline:

Greensboro Record, May 22, 1927
"In" should be "Is" in the headline.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ninety years ago today, Chaplin and the rest of Hollywood (& the world) were stunned by the death of Rudolph Valentino

Chaplin arriving at the service for Valentino in Hollywood

Valentino died in New York City from peritonitis on August 23rd, 1926, only a few weeks after the premiere of his film The Son Of The Shiek.

Upon hearing the news, Chaplin sent the following telegram to Valentino's manager, George Ullman:

via Valentino Forever

Following an initial service in New York, Valentino's body was transported to Los Angeles by train and another service was held for him in Hollywood on September 7th. Chaplin suspended production of his film, The Circus, so he could attend the memorial.

Memorial service for Valentino. Chaplin is third from left.

The death of Rudolph Valentino is one of the greatest tragedies that has occurred in the history of the motion-picture industry. As an actor he achieved fame & distinction; as a friend he commanded love and admiration.
We of the film industry, through his death, lose a very dear friend, a man of great charm and kindliness.
--Chaplin's statement about the death of Valentino, Los Angeles Times, August 24th, 1926

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rare footage of Chaplin's Trick Film Sequence with Sir Albert and Lady Naylor-Leyland, 1923

This rarity was posted on the Chaplin Official Facebook page today. A small portion of this footage appears in the documentary The Gentleman Tramp, but the rest of it I'd never seen before--and it's quite long. This was early 1923, so I assume the set and the door is from A Woman Of Paris but they don't look familiar to me. The Naylor-Leylands were on their honeymoon. Chaplin evidently gave the bride a movie camera as a gift (see article below).

San Francisco Chronicle, May 4th, 1923

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Charlie and Paulette speak in a clip from HOLLYWOOD ON PARADE (1933)

Frankie Darro, posing as a telegram delivery boy, makes a delivery to Chaplin. While Charlie signs for it, Paulette says to Darro, "you have makeup on." Toward the end, Charlie can be heard asking for the telegram and Darro tells him, "there's nothing in there"

Monday, August 1, 2016

Farewell, Gloria DeHaven

Actress and singer Gloria DeHaven passed away on Saturday at the age of 91. Her first ever film role was portraying one of the Gamine's sisters in Modern Times, a film for which her father, Carter DeHaven, served as assistant director. 

Gloria is on the right.

In this 1989 interview, Gloria remembers "handsome" Charlie Chaplin ("you just don't know how great-looking [he] was")--going to his house with her father, and how she got the role in Modern Times. This part of the interview starts around the 2:00 mark.

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chaplin Conducting Orchestra and Belly Dancing at 5th Liberty Loan Drive, 1919

If you have not seen this rare footage before (or even if you have), you are in for a real treat. It starts around the 1:23 mark following some info on Chaplin's participation in the Third Liberty Loan Drive.

(The first photo of Chaplin shown in the video was actually taken after finishing The Immigrantnot A Dog's Life. I write about it here.)

Don't miss all the other familiar faces on stage with Charlie: Edna Purviance, Henry Bergman, Loyal Underwood, Albert Austin, and Tom Wood.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Remembering Lita Grey Chaplin, who died 20 years ago today

Here's Lita, six years after her divorce from Charlie, singing "I've Got To Sing A Torch Song" in the Vitaphone short Seasoned Greetings (1933). She sings two other songs in the short including one with a very young Sammy Davis, Jr. seated next to her. See it in its entirety here.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Charlie and Oona arrive in Switzerland, December 5th, 1952

Although Chaplin tells a reporter that they only plan to stay until Christmas (they spent the holidays at the Beau Rivage in Lausanne), their main reason for coming to Switzerland was to find a permanent place to live. They were anxious to find something quickly because Oona was now pregnant with their fifth child (Eugene). One month later, on January 5th, Chaplin purchased his final home, the Manoir de Ban, in Corsier-sur-Vevey.

Monday, December 14, 2015

LIMELIGHT wins the award for Best Original Dramatic Score at the 1973 Academy Awards + the Mystery of Larry Russell's nomination

Candace Bergen accepts the award on behalf of Chaplin who was not present. This footage was new to me.

Although the film was released in 1952, it wasn't shown in Los Angeles until 1972 & therefore wasn't eligible for an Oscar until then. The award was presented to Chaplin and his collaborators Raymond Rasch & Larry Russell, except the latter had nothing to do with the film. This was evidently a flub on the part of the Academy. By 1973, both Larry Russell and Raymond Rasch were deceased (Rasch's son and Russell's daughter accept the awards on their behalf at the ceremony). When the Academy asked Chaplin who arranged the music, he answered Raymond Rasch. When Rasch's widow was asked who else arranged the score with her husband, she said "someone named Russell." The Academy immediately thought of Larry Russell, who was also a music arranger. When the Academy asked Russell's widow if he had worked on the film, she only said "he must have." But he didn't. According to David Robinson's Footlights & The World of Chaplin's Limelight (2014) a letter exists in the Chaplin Archives that shows that, before work on the film began, Russell had offered his services as conductor, but they were declined and at no time was he ever employed by the studio.* It appears that the award should have been given to composer/arranger Russell Garcia. In an interview in 2008, Garcia was asked why he never made an effort to correct the mistake himself: "I don't want to make trouble for anyone or spoil anyone’s fond thoughts or memories...I've won plenty of awards. I just forgot about it." Read more of his interview here. Garcia passed away in 2011.

Strangely enough, Robinson's book also notes that Garcia's name appears nowhere in the daily records of the Chaplin Studio. "If he worked on the music, it can only have been a purely private arrangement between himself and Rasch." While this might be true, a photo does exist of Garcia & Chaplin at a recording session for Limelight.

Below is a photo from my collection, taken at the same time as the photo above. I thought the man next to Chaplin (in the white shirt) might be Garcia as well. I might be wrong but the hair and shirt are similar. The man at far left is Raymond Rasch. 

*According to Robinson, following Russell's nomination in 1973, his widow "asked for a one-third share in performance royalties in the Limelight music--a claim which she quickly retracted, saying 'that she had made her claim due to a misunderstanding."

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Happy birthday, Petula Clark! Born November 15th, 1932

Here Petula sings "This Is My Song," with music and lyrics by Chaplin for A Countess From Hong Kong. This song became a hit for Petula in 1967.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chaplin meets the Queen

As of today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning British monarch. Here she attends a Royal Film Performance of Because You're Mine on October 27th, 1952. Chaplin is among the many celebrities in attendance. He and Oona are shown arriving @ :24, they chat with Evelyn Keyes @ :55, Charlie takes a bow on stage @ 1:37, & the Chaplins are presented to the Queen @ 2:08.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Party For Charlie & Oona

Here is home movie footage of a party given for Charlie & Oona by their friends, Walter and Carol Matthau, in Los Angeles in 1972. The footage is silent but includes some nice shots of Charlie, plus some other familiar faces.

Click here:

Excerpt from "Among the Porcupines" by Carol Matthau:
The major social move we made after coming out here to the West Coast to live was to give a party for Charlie Chaplin and Oona. It was 1972 and Charlie was coming back to the United States to be honored, first in New York and then by the Motion Picture Academy with a special Oscar. Gloria was going to give them a party in New York, and we were giving them a party here. Charlie was no longer in the very best of health, so Oona suggested that I make it a luncheon. I asked her for a guest list, so with the exception of a few really close friends of ours, the selection was theirs.
The party went very well, with people who had not seen one another for such a long time getting together again. Charlie and Walter were walking around the garden, and Charlie looked out to a brilliantly bright blue sea with what seemed to be thousands of tiny sailboats floating gracefully.
Charlie gazed out at the sea for a long time and then said to Walter, “Now that really must have cost you fortune.”
Charlie was that way. He saw life in terms of movie sets or scenes or ideas for movies. He loved seeing Lewis Milestone and Groucho Marx and Danny Kaye and Oscar Levant and Frances Goldwyn.
It was the last time Charlie was to be in California.

A couple of still frames:

Charlie & Oona
Charlie & son, Sydney
Martha Raye

Wednesday, August 26, 2015