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Charlie Chaplin First Ever Silent Film – Making a Living- 1914

Making a Living (1914) marked Charlie Chaplin’s first ever film appearance. In the film he plays a lady-charming swindler, Edgar English, who runs afoul of the Keystone Kops. Chaplin strongly disliked the picture, but one review picked him out as “a comedian of the first water.” Although his character wears a large moustache, top hat, and carries a cane, it was not until his next film, Kid Auto Races at Venice, that Chaplin would appear as his famous Tramp character with which he would thereon be identified. The music we hear over the film (added afterwards) is by Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers.


For more on silent and slapstick comedy please check out my friend Trav S.D’s new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc.
Chain of Fools - New Book by Trav S.D.

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100th Anniversary of The Palace Theatre -The Theatre Museum Excellence Awards @ The Players Club

100th Anniversary of The Palace Theatre in New York City. June 3rd, 2013

Palace Theatre 100th Anniversary

An evening of Awards of Excellence from The Theatre Museum and A Variety show like those presented at The Palace Theatre.

2013.06.03_PlayersClb_013An Award was given to Helen Marie Guditis for Distiguished Service to the Theatre. It was accepted by her brother Albert.

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Emerson College was given the Award for 'Theatre Arts Eduction".

Melia Bensusssen accepted the Theatre Arts Education Award for Emerson College.

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A Vaudeville Tribute to The Palace Theatre’s 100th Anniversary

Producer/Aufhor and Performer Trav SDTrav S.D. introduces the evening of festivities for the 100th Anniversary.

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Master of Ceremonies Todd Robbins tries to hypnotize the audience.Master of Ceremonies Todd Robbins tries to hypnotize the audience.

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Rope handler and whip cracker Chris McDaniel opened the show.Rope handler and whip cracker Chris McDaniel opened the show.

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Ariela Pizza performed a delightful song with some dancing.Ariela Pizza performed a delightful song with some dancing.

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Poor Baby Bree took us back in time with her  songs.Poor Baby Bree took us back in time with her  songs.

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Rod Kimball and Andy Sapora performed a wacky act together.Rod Kimball and Andy Sapora performed  together.

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Rebecca Joy Fletcher dancing with Theatre Museum Chairman Stuart F. Lane during her act.Rebecca Joy Fletcher dancing with Theatre Museum Chairman Stewart F. Lane during her act.

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2013.06.03_PlayersClb_259Ron Hutchinson introduced some video clips of the Vitaphone Project of vaudeville stars projected at the end of the evening.

The Theatre Museum Awards were produced by Alyssa Renzi

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Also at the evening’s festivities was Joe Franklin and Will Jordan. Both spoke about their days in show business.

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For more information on The Theatre Museum go here.

For more information on Trav S.D go here. (Producer of the Vaudeville show this night)

For more information on The Vitaphone Project go here.