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Dock

My Autobiography - Charles Chaplin

As rags-to-riches stories go this has to be up there with the best. Originally published in 1964, Charlie eloquently takes us from a life which involved a stint in the Lambeth Workhouse of the late-1800's to being one of the wealthiest and well-loved entertainers of the last century. From his early days doing comedy shows touring around Wales and the North of England through to encounters with the likes of Picasso, Einstein, Churchill, Caruso, Herbert Hoover, George Bernard Shaw, William Randolph Hearst, David Lloyd George, and Khrushchev to name a few of the star-spangled cast of this particular life story. Some great stories and insights into the very very early motion picture business and the dizzying amounts of money that the founding fathers of Hollywood made (Ever seen the 'United Artists' logo at the start of a film? That company was stared by Chaplin). From his youth to being hounded out of America in the McCarthy era, he paints a vivid picture of an extraordinary life.

fartcatcher

Sounds like a good read. I remember watching a documentary about McCarthyism that described how he escaped from the U.S with his family on the Queen Elizabeth just before he was due to be arrested.

I think they had all his money and property as well.
Late Doors

Different Chaplin Charley (spelling for a start) and a slightly different angle on communism

Today... is Christmas! There will be a magic show at zero-nine-thirty! Chaplain Charlie will tell you about how the free world will conquer Communism with the aid of God and a few Marines! God has a hard-on for Marines because we kill everything we see! He plays His games, we play ours! To show our appreciation for so much power, we keep heaven packed with fresh souls! God was here before the Marine Corps! So you can give your heart to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Corps! Do you ladies understand?

on a less frivalent note sounds an ace book and quite a guy
Frazier Cranium

Any revelations about his alleged penchant for under-age girls?
Dock

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Any revelations about his alleged penchant for under-age girls?


No.
Grind

Dock wrote:
Frazier Cranium wrote:
Any revelations about his alleged penchant for under-age girls?


No.


I guess they didn't talk.
Dock

Grind wrote:
Dock wrote:
Frazier Cranium wrote:
Any revelations about his alleged penchant for under-age girls?


No.


I guess they didn't talk.


I should have backed my judgement and had a £50 with Paddy Power that a Reggie would make a comment on no talking or blank pages within the first ten posts of this thread. Knobber!
Grind

Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
Dock wrote:
Frazier Cranium wrote:
Any revelations about his alleged penchant for under-age girls?


No.


I guess they didn't talk.


I should have backed my judgement and had a £50 with Paddy Power that a Reggie would make a comment on no talking or blank pages within the first ten posts of this thread. Knobber!


To be fair, I did pass up on the, "Autobiography? What's that all about then?" gag.

* Knobber as charged. *
Forest

I don't get Chaplin, he isn't funny. Unlike Laurel and Hardy who are still hilarious but Chaplin is just not funny.
Frazier Cranium

Opinion!

He is bloody funny in The Great Dictator, and bloody relevant too at the time.  I agree though, his Tramp persona was sometimes tweer than a Care Bear coated in sugar at the end of a rainbow but some of his films are superbly written and crafted.  I suppose a lot of his flicks could be classed as being 'slapstick' but there's more to Chaplin's humour than just that.  Laurel & Hardy were / are always my favourites but fair dos to Charlie Chaplin, he made some great films.
Forest

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Opinion!

He is bloody funny in The Great Dictator, and bloody relevant too at the time.  I agree though, his Tramp persona was sometimes tweer than a Care Bear coated in sugar at the end of a rainbow but some of his films are superbly written and crafted.  I suppose a lot of his flicks could be classed as being 'slapstick' but there's more to Chaplin's humour than just that.  Laurel & Hardy were / are always my favourites but fair dos to Charlie Chaplin, he made some great films.


I admit that he is clever, possibly a genius with regard to what he was doing in early cinema but I can't laugh at it.

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