Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kick a Cripple and Get a Laugh -- March 17, 2015

Washington Times, 17-March-1915

"Any guy who can kick a cripple out of bed in a hospital and create spasms of mirth is some comedian.  That's real humor."  I'll bet. 

With expositions in both San Francisco and San Diego dedicated to the newly opened Panama Canal, and with tourism to Europe cut off, Universal hoped to attract visitors to its new studio, Universal City.  "Take the SANTA FE direct to Los Angeles.  Universal is only a few minutes from there Come out and See How the Movies are Made."

Billie Ritchie dressed in a tramp costume and wore a small moustache.  Ritchie claimed he was wearing the tramp costume two or three years before Charlie Chaplin was born in 1889, and that Chaplin was imitating his act.

Moving Picture World, November 11, 1916

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