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Photo Essays
1. Exile’s Return
2. Chaplin’s Parents
3. Hannah Chaplin’s Femmes Fatales
4. Playing Dress-Up  In The Land of Make Believe
5. Teenage Girls and Fear of Aging
6. Chaplin’s Three Teenage Wives
7. Mildred Harris
8. Lita Grey
9. Oona O’Neill
10. Chaplin’s Father
11. A Royal Lion
12. Vesta Tilley as Bertie
13. Ella Shields as Bertie
14. Making A Living
15. The Lion Comique’s Son: Dressed Like A Bum
16. Monsieur Verdoux as a Lion Comique
17. Calvero as a Lion Comique
18. The Lion Comique’s Son in the Limelight
19. Charlie as a Child
20. The Kid’s Lucky Break
21. Syd Chaplin
22. A Family Album of Theatrical Drunks
23. Chaplin’s Family Romance
24. Edna Purviance
25. Purviance’s Influence on Chaplin’s Character
26. Essanay
27. Chaplinitis
28. Chaplin’s Predecessors
29. Eye Contact: Audience-Performer Intimacy
30. Chaplin the Auteur
31. Chaplin’s Two Autobiographies
32. Going It Alone
33. The Circus
34. Autobiographical Starvation Scenes From The Gold Rush
35. Autobiographical Madness Scenes in Modern Times
36. Two British Music Hall Traditions and Topical Comedy
37. The Great Dictator
38. Fatal Attraction: Joan Barry
39. Monsieur Verdoux: Guillotine or Hatchet Job?
40. Limelight
 
Chaplin: A Life In Film
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THE IDLE CLASS: CHAPLIN’S FAMILY ROMANCE

The Cast (in order of appearance on this webpage) Nell Gwyn
Her Alcoholic Husband (A Knight in Shining Armor) Nell’s rescuer: The Little Tramp


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By playing the dual roles of an alcoholic Kinight in Shining Armor and The Little Tramp who engage in a comic rivalry over a seductive and beautiful but sorely neglected and depressed Nell Gwyn-like heroine (played by Edna Purviance), Chaplin playfully re-created his family romance in The Idle Class. Photo (top left) shows the lonely wife of a boozy “knight” in photo (top right). Photo (bottom left) shows Charlie starting a flirtation with “Nell” until he is caught in the act by her alcoholic husband—a whimsical allusion to Charlie Chaplin Sr. In this film Chaplin got to play himself and his father and do a witty send-up of the role alcohol had played in the demise of his parents’ marriage.



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