Friday, February 7, 2014

Kid Auto Races at Venice -- February 7, 2014

100 years ago today, on 07-February-1914, Mack Sennett's Keystone released a reel containing two movies, a comedy, "Kid Auto Races at Venice" and a documentary, "Olives and Their  Oil."  "Kid Auto Races" was the first movie to be released which featured Charlie Chaplin in his tramp costume.  The first movie where he wore the tramp costume was "Mabel's Strange Predicament," which would be released two days later.  Henry "Pathé" Lehrman directed the movie and played a movie director.  Chaplin and Lehrman, who had directed "Making a Living," did not get along.  Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to see "Olives and Their Oil," but I suspect that it no longer exists. 

The ad is from the 07-February-1914 Moving Picture World. Click on the image to see a larger version. 

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