Click above--Charlie Chaplin and his Little Tramp as seen in City Lights
and depicted by painter, Renato Casaro.
|The Little Tramp makes his debut, Kid Auto Races at Venice, 1914.|
|The Little Tramp's paper dolls from|
the 1920s demonstrate the variants
in Chaplin's tramp wardrobe.
|Charles Chaplin, ca. 1903-08|
By the time Chaplin was sixteen he was starring in a major West End stage production. Meanwhile, his brother had joined the highly successful Fred Karno Comedy Troupe, becoming one of their key performers. As a result, he managed to wrangle a two-week tryout for his little brother. The very first night, performing at the London Coliseum, Charlie stole the show, far outshining Sydney, receiving great press reviews, and a long-term contract. He was still in his teens. When the group moved to the United States to join the American vaudeville circuit, Charlie and his brother went with them. It was some forty years before either went back to London. Six months into the tour, Charlie landed his first movie contract, with Keystone Pictures. (Remember the Keystone Cops?) At the time they were still making motion pictures on the banks of the Hudson. The year was 1913, Charlie was earning $150 per week.
|Chaplin's Modern Times deals with his take on the industrial dehumanization |
of the Depression era. It was released in 1936, an attempt perhaps
to make the jobless less unhappy at not having jobs.
|Making A Living, 1914, Chaplin's first film.|
|Charlie Chaplin Studios, La Brea Ave. at Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, ca 1920.|
|The Little Tramp doll, 1918|
|The Kid was Chaplin's first |
film to exceed an hour in length.
|Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in|
The Kid, 1921
|A Dog's Life, 1918|
|The Great Dictator, 1940, ruthlessly mocked both Hitler and Mussolini while earning |
Chaplin five Academy Award nominations. Chaplin plays both Hitler and a Jewish barber.
|Actor, Jack Lemmon welcomes Charles Chaplain back to the United States for an Honorary Academy Award after having been gone for twenty years.|
Click below for a clip from Chaplin's Gold Rush from 1925, which he considered one of his best.