Sunday, February 25, 2024

Charlie Chaplin Seeks Feminine Foil -- February 25, 2024

Camera, 02-February-1924

Edna Purviance was Charlie Chaplin's leading lady for seven years, from his second Essanay film, through the Mutuals, to The Kid and his short films for First National. Chaplin directed her in his first production for United Artists, A Woman of Paris.

For his first starring feature for United Artists, The Gold Rush, he looked for a new leading lady. He planned to produce a dramatic film starring Edna Purviance. 

Camera, 02-February-1924

The Chaplin Studio, where he was preparing The Gold Rush, is now occupied by the Jim Henson Company.

Motion Picture News, 16-February-1924

Chaplin signed his old associate Mack Swain for The Gold Rush.

Motion Picture News, 16-February-1924

Columbia Pictures, which had recently changed its name from Cohn-Brandt-Cohn (CBC), produced Screen Snapshots, a series of short films, between 1920 and 1958. They generally featured candid photos of Hollywood stars. Chaplin and his buddy Douglas Fairbanks appeared in Number 11. 

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