Mabel Normand

Mabel Normand was a big figure on Keystone Studios when Chaplin arrived, she was Sennett’s darling and several short movies were made already with her as the star, from the title of the first movie with Chaplin, Mabel’s Strange Predicament, we can see that Charlie wasn’t the main figure. She had a short and tumultuous life, a true movie star of that time, but was a big figure nonetheless, having her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mabel Normand

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Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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

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

From Theater to Movies

Chaplin’s act as a drunk man with Karno during his shows in US get him a contract with the Keystone Studios. It was Mack Sennett who saw him performing as Archibald and thought that little man was the best Drunk Character he remembered.

macksennett1910Michael Sinnott, real name of Mack Sennett

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

April 16 1889 was Tuesday

April 16 1889 was the day Charles Spencer Chaplin was born, and as many of us do with our birthdays, I searched for a newspaper front page from that date and found the one on the London Gazette (Chaplin was born in London btw).

londongazThis is the front page, you can read it here, but if you want to read the entire issue, well you can just by clicking here. Enjoy.

Published in: on February 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment