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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 Circus
 
“THE FUNNIEST MAN IN FILMS”
Jeffrey Vance Collection (1914)
 
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CHARLIE CHAPLIN LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST
Photographer J.Wilbur Sandison, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
 
HIS  IMITATORS
 
CONTEMPLATING  HIS IMAGE

Jeffrey Vance Collection
 
EXPLOITING  THAT  IMAGE TO SELL   VICTORY BONDS
(HELD ALOFT BY DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS)


Jeffrey Vance Collection

 
EXPLOITING THAT IMAGE TO SELL KIDS  TOYS (ca 1915)
 
 
EXPLOITING THAT IMAGE TO SELL GROWNUP  TOYS (1980s)
 

The craze that swept America in 1915 caught Chaplin by surprise. “I knew I was famous but didn’t know what fame meant,” he told a friend. In addition to seeing his picture in the papers every morning, everywhere he went his screen character “Charlie” was there to greet him--in playing cards, comic books, children’s games and toys. Chaplin couldn’t buy a tube of toothpaste at his local drugstore without running into little tramp souvenirs on sale at the cash register. For an in-depth discussion of his unprecedented worldwide celebrity see Chaplin A Life, Chapter XIII). “I am known in parts of the world by people who have never heard of Jesus Christ," he could (and did) matter-of-factly state without exaggeration.

And by now, nearly one century later, Chaplin has also become what the classical scholar Maude Bodkin refers to as a world historical figure. Like Shakespeare and Cervantes, Chaplin’s “Charlie” has joined the immortal ranks of Falstaff and Don Quixote.

 
 
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