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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Bonus Track: How to dress like The Tramp

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Quotes by Charles Chaplin

“I don’t believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.”

“I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born.”

“I suppose that’s one of the ironies of life doing the wrong thing at the right moment.”

“All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.”

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

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