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Classic Theater

September 28, 2014

 

"The Pawnshop" (Charlie Chaplin) 1916 

The Pawnshop was Charlie Chaplin's sixth film for Mutual Film Corporation. Released on October 2, 1916, it stars Chaplin in the role of assistant to the pawnshop owner, played by Henry Bergman. Edna Purviance plays the owner's daughter, while Albert Austin appears as an alarm clock owner who watches Chaplin in dismay as he dismantles the clock; the massive Eric Campbell's character attempts to rob the shop.

 

This was one of Chaplin's more popular movies for Mutual, mainly for the slapstick comedy he was famous for at the time (Wikipedia, 2014)

 

 

 

 

Granville Redmond a deaf actor worked with Chaplin

 

  • Granville Redmond

 

Charlie Chaplin was helped by Granville Redmond, who attended the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley from 1879 to 1890 ... While living in Los Angeles, he became friends with Charles Chaplin, who While living in Los Angeles, he became friends with Charles Chaplin, who admired the natural expressiveness of a deaf person using American Sign Language. Chaplin asked Redmond to help him develop the techniques Chaplin later used in his silent films. Chaplin, impressed with Redmond's skill, gave Redmond a studio on the movie lot, collected his paintings, and sponsored him in silent acting roles, including the sculptor in City Lights. Chaplin told a writer for The Silent Worker of a Redmond painting, "I could look at it for hours. It means so many things" and Chaplin's famous The Dance of the Oceana Rolls was Redmond inspired.

 

During this time Redmond did not neglect his painting. Through Chaplin he met Los Angeles neighbor artists Elmer Wachtel and Norman St. Clair. They showed works at the Spring Exhibition held in San Francisco in 1904. By 1905 Redmond was receiving considerable recognition as a leading landscape painter and bold colorist.

He died on May 24, 1935 in Los Angeles.

 

 

 
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