Mabel’s Strange Predicament

Although this was the second film released featuring The Tramp, it was the first one shooted with the character, that’s why we choose to post it first.

Here’s the information on Wikipedia and IMDb. Enjoy.

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Published in: on March 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

And the Little Tramp is Born

In an interview in 1933, Chaplin explained how he came up with the look of the Tramp: “A hotel set was built for (fellow Keystone comic) Mabel Normand‘s picture Mabel’s Strange Predicament and I was hurriedly told to put on a funny make-up. This time I went to the wardrobe and got a pair of baggy pants, a tight coat, a small derby hat and a large pair of shoes. I wanted the clothes to be a mass of contradictions, knowing pictorially the figure would be vividly outlined on the screen. To add a comic touch, I wore a small mustache which would not hide my expression. My appearance got an enthusiastic response from everyone, including Mr. Sennett. The clothes seemed to imbue me with the spirit of the character. He actually became a man with a soul – a point of view. I defined to Mr. Sennett the type of person he was. He wears an air of romantic hunger, forever seeking romance, but his feet won’t let him.”

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Source: Wikipedia

Bonus Track: How to dress like The Tramp

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Henry Lehrman

Henry Lehrman was not only the reporter on the short film Making a Living it was also the director, making him the first one to direct Charles Chaplin on a movie. He was an actor, director, producer and a screenwriter. His debut as an actor was as an extra in a mob alongside with another big figure in Chaplin’s life, Mack Sennett, with whom he worked when founding Keystone. Indeed a little world was Hollywood in that time.
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Chaplin and Lehrman back in 1914

Source: Wikipedia

Published in: on March 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Making a Living

This is the first movie Chaplin appeared on back in 1914, still The Tramp wasn’t born, we need to wait til the next movie, but we can see a lot of the movements already there. This is the technical information form IMDB and here is the movie:

Published in: on March 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment