Thursday, August 14, 2014

A really great Chaplin (actor unknown)...

Odd oval photo of man (or woman) on rooftop as Chaplin

Little Bertie Lockwood

A postcard photograph of Little Bertie Lockwood (active 1917-1918), ‘The Smallest Comedian in the World,’ a pupil of Lila Field’s dancing school at Heddon Street, Regent Street, London
(photo: Elliott & Fry Ltd, London, 1918)
At the King’s Theatre, Hammersmith, pupils of Lila Field appeared in The Marriage of Oberon, a masque by Lewis Cornwall with music by Jean Mars, and Love and Kisses, a musical phantasy by Thomas Courtice. Bertie Lockwood appeared in both productions, but for the latter the ‘idea of doubling has no terrors for Bertie Lockwood, and in this piece he is seen in three parts – Jacob (the Cat), the ”Tommy,” and Charlie Chaplin. As the ”Tommy” he sings ”Oh! Oh! It’s a lovely war” in a manner which gained for him a deserved encore on the occasion of our visit.’
(The Stage, London, Thursday, 16 May 1918, p. 12c/d)

Article about 'stunt double' Julian Hall

An odd article, considering Chaplin very proudly never used stunt doubles until he was much older.  However, in a few early films, Chaplin was doubled while riding horses (something he was not very skilled in)… the 'tumble down the mountain' in The Gold Rush is clearly Chaplin.

Costume party group photo

Impersonator outside German theatre advertising 'The Pilgrim' 1923

1921 'Kings Carnivale' Meadsville PA

Comde Computers ad, 1983

An obvious nod to (or blatantly cashing in on the popularity of) IBM computer ads.

Louis Kaufman advertisement, London

Unknown impersonator photo

Billy Scudder, 'The Guide' magazine

Impersonator outside Broadway theatre, 1920

Billy West in 'The Rogue' (with Oliver Hardy)

The Dave Clark Five

1940's Chinese Charlie...