Following the release of the Chaplin at Keystone DVD Collection, for which I prepared a bonus feature program, 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 close study I am convinced Kevin is correct. Assuming they shot Making a Living in sequential order, this marks the very first scene of Chaplin’s entire career. It also means that when the film opened on February 2, 1914, 100 years ago, it was through this scene that movie audiences were first introduced to young Mr. Chaplin. 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.
Comparing details likely confirms the location. Notice the matching white trim of the square front porch steps, and the matching pair of palm trees.
The site is located approximately at 1710 Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park. Bing Maps Bird’s Eye – © 2010 NAVTEQ, Pictometry Bird’s Eye © 2010 Pictometry International Corp., © 2010 Microsoft Corporation.
Chaplin at Keystone: Copyright (C) 2010 by Lobster Films for the Chaplin Keystone Project.
Young Mr. Chaplin stood here: