Monday, December 19, 2011

Pantomime troupe, circa 1920

I believe this is british pantomime troupe 'Leon Dodd's Super Entertainers', circa 1915-1920. Female impersonator John Armstrong Ryles is behind the Chaplin look-alike's right shoulder.

Costumed duo, 1915

Monday, December 12, 2011

Frank Gorshin

Frank Gorshin as the Riddler dressed as Charlie Chaplin on the 'Batman' TV show.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Back on Monday, Nov 28th!

On a bit of a hiatus until after Thanksgiving, but we will return with new Charlies very soon! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Billy Scadlock

The Littlest Chaplin...

A big congratulations to fellow Chaplin impersonator and well known magician Paul Rohmany! Thank you, Paul, for contributing this photo of your new son. For more information on Paul, visit his website.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Actor Paul Lewis, Orlando FL

Back of photo reads: Who is the "real" Charlie Chaplin? Neither. On the right is actor Paul Lewis. On the left is life-size wax likeness of the famous actor as seen at Stars Hall of Fame, giant movie-television wax museum in Orlando Florida. Stars Hall of Fame, a Six Flags Inc. attraction opened in May of 1975, and hosted more than 600,000 guests its first year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Harry McCoy

'Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition' is a 1915 silent short comedy film, directed by Fatty Arbuckle and starring Arbuckle and Mabel Normand. There is a brief scene of a Chaplin impersonator (Harry McCoy) in the crowd.
Arbuckle and Normand followed the Keystone tradition of showing up at an actual event and using that as background for a largely improvised film. The event in this case was the Panama-California Exposition, held in Balboa Park in San Diego, California in 1915-1916. You can view this fascinating footage on Youtube right here:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Aliki Dictator, 1972

Greek film 'I Aliki diktator (Aliki Dictator)'.
'Young Aliki, after the death of her father, Mr. Nestoras, who was the general administrator of a theatrical company, takes the road to Athens with her sole companion Arapis, her dog. The orphaned girl, who successfully imitates Charlot (The little tramp), stays at the house of Mrs. Amalia. The latter already has five children and is expecting the sixth, getting by with great difficulty because her never-do-well husband is in and out of prison all the time. Aliki, in order to survive and help Mrs. Amalia, tries to find a job. She doesn't succeed, however, and so is forced to give performances on the street, impersonating Charlot from the film The Great Dictator. In the meantime, she meets a blind law student, Petros, who is heartlessly abandoned by his girlfriend, who didn't really love him. The death of her dog, Arapis, brings the two young people closer and an innocent love blooms between them.' Written by Greek Film Archive

Wedding Charlie...