Following the release of the Chaplin at Keystone DVD Collection, for which I prepared a bonus feature program posted elsewhere on this blog, Kevin Dale contacted me wondering if Chaplin had filmed the opening scene from his inaugural film Making a Living in front of the home adjoining the Keystone Studio. The Keystone Studio environs frequently appear in Keystone productions, and after studying all of the details, I am convinced Kevin is correct. Assuming they filmed Making a Living in sequence, this marks the very first scene of Chaplin’s entire career. The site is now a driveway to a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant, while the main filming stage remains in use today as a Public Storage warehouse.
Chaplin’s first scene from Making A Living.
View of the Keystone Studio. The large stage with the sign on the roof is still standing.
A comparison of details likely confirming the location. Notice the matching square details of the front porch steps, and the second palm tree to the left adjacent to the driveway.
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