Chaplin Comedy Begins a Second Hundred Years
|Here's a Posed Still From The Films Of Charlie Chaplin Book. My Query Then ... |
How Many Actual Stills Were Taken For This Short, and How Many Survive?
Charlie's First Film Released A Century Ago
I once had Civil War pajamas issued for the centennial of that 1860's hostility, and now comes 100th year since Chaplin began nickel route to mythic place in movies. Is there nightwear to commemorate that? Thing is, it's now nearly half that century since I got hold of 1965-published The Films Of Charlie Chaplin, then scrounged $6.28 so I could have Making A Living on Blackhawk 8mm a few years after. This was Chaplin's debut short where he played "the nervy and very nifty sharper," to quote a February 1914 review that appeared in Moving Picture World. For time I spent hovered over that book, I'm sure this was my first exposure to the words "nervy" and "sharper." Does anyone use either anymore? It was worth cutting grass to have CC's very first, images in McDonald,
I sat watching at age fifteen and thought, This man is still alive! It had been over fifty years since Making A Living was made, and that, of course, seemed impossibly long to me. And consider how movies had changed between 1914 and the late sixties. A Keystone to my adolescent eyes might as well have been shot in ancient
|Note The Curious Pair Looking On From a Window|
Behind Charlie and Cast of Making A Living
UPDATE: 2/6/14 --- 5:00 PM: Noted historian Michael Hayde, author of the outstanding recent book, Chaplin's Vintage Year, sent along the above 1914 ad for Making A Living as it played in Buffalo, NY. As the photo demonstrates, the one-time Frontier Theatre, later the Senate, still stands, though many years have past since it served as a picture-house. Thanks to Michael for this fascinating bit of history.