Charlie Chaplin Tours

Chaplin Locations Tour on New Keystone DVDs

I highly recommend the Chaplin at Keystone DVD collection presented by Flicker Alley.  Watching these beautiful restorations of Chaplin’s earliest films made during 1914 at the Keystone Studio is a revelation.  For years only nearly unwatchable copies of these films were available.  Now you can now clearly see Charlie’s face, nuances, and gestures, and appreciate why he stood out, and made such an immediate hit with audiences worldwide.

As part of the collection, I was honored to prepare a short bonus feature program outlining some of the film locations appearing in Chaplin’s Keystone films.  A viewer has posted this program tour on YouTube.

Charlie Chaplin Hollywood Tour

Tour silent-era Hollywood with this PDF guide prepared in connection with my August 30, 2013, 10:30 a.m. presentation of Hollywood’s Silent Echoes for the Cinecon 49 Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.

The tour is annotated with corresponding page numbers (SV) from my Harold Lloyd film location book Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York through the Films of Harold Lloyd, from Santa Monica Press.  Annotations for Charlie Chaplin (ST) and Buster Keaton (SE) refer to page numbers from my Chaplin and Keaton film location books Silent Traces and Silent Echoes.  Locations that are not annotated represent new discoveries not appearing in the books.

The tour takes you to several silent-era locations right in Hollywood, as well as the sites for the Lloyd, Chaplin, and Keaton Studios.

Hollywood’s Silent Echoes – Cinecon 49 Classic Film Festival Tour – 2013

Chaplin Tour of The Kid

Attached below is a PowerPoint presentation showing the historic settings in Chinatown and the Plaza de Los Angeles where Chaplin filmed his early masterpiece The Kid (1921).  The file is about 60MB, and you will need a PowerPoint viewer to watch the show.  Most of the slides are animated, so wait a moment each time before clicking the “next” button.  You can download a PowerPoint viewer at this site.

THE KID – Silent Traces Historic Tour

The Pilgrim and Modern Times at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s 2011 ChaplinFest, from within the very train station where Chaplin filmed The Pilgrim.  Here is the site of the Modern Times finale on Google Maps.

5 Responses to Charlie Chaplin Tours

  1. D.A.R.Y.L. says:

    This was awesome, thanks for posting this!

  2. V.E.G. says:

    Charles Chaplin would have said to his 10 children that they once had a brother named Norman and he died 3 days after.

  3. Lady Eli Charlot says:

    This is so wonderful! Thank you!!! In the special features, from “Limelight” in the Chaplin Collection, there are wonderful home movies. They are in color (presumably filmed by Oona) of Charlie visiting Lambeth scenes of his youth. I noticed he paid attention to a “Frank Tyler Mens Furnishings” store. I have often wondered about his attention in both “City Lights” and “Modern Times” to the mens furniture store….He mentioned in his autobiography, his great satisfaction furnishing he and Syds first nice flat at Glenshaw Mansions, Brixton Lane…and I thought maybe, that was why all the attention to his furniture stores….any thoughts??? I appreciate your lecture, more than you know!

  4. Thank you for your comments. Chaplin had a short city street set on his small studio backlot. On the east side were two prominent shops, a MEN’S FURNISHINGS shop towards the north end, and a shop on the south end that portrayed the blind girl’s flower shop at the end of City Lights. I always assumed “furnishings” referred to men’s clothing and accessories. You can see the City Lights flower shop set during Modern Times – when Charlie orders the large cafeteria meal that he can not pay for, there is a view from inside the cafeteria towards the flower shop across the street. I have some aerial photos of his studio in my book that makes this all clear.

  5. Awesome. I never tire of watching this. I hope to see those places someday.

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