Monday, June 7, 2010

Previously unknown Charlie Chaplin appearance unearthed!

It was always believed that Charlie Chaplin appeared in 35 films for Mack Sennett's Keystone studios during 1914. However, nearly 100 years later, a 36th film has been discovered. Chaplin makes a brief appearances as a Keystone cop in A THIEF CATCHER, released February 19, 1914, but filmed between January 5 and 26, 1914. It was made after MAKING A LIVING, and Chaplin's bit would have been filmed sometime during or after Chaplin's filming of KID AUTO RACES AT VENICE, CAL. (filmed January 10) and MABEL'S STRANGE PREDICAMENT (filmed January 6 to 12). The discovery was made by Paul E. Gierucki, and the film will be shown at Slapsticon in Arlington, VA (July 15-18, 2010). You can read more in this article by Scott Eyman in the Palm Beach Post and on the Slapsticon website which contains a press release.

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