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Motion Picture Herald, New York, December 31, 1938.

Just after the end of the World War, in the spring of 1918,

Charles and Syd Chaplin posed for this shot as they

broke ground for the Chaplin studio at La Brea and De Longpre Avenues in Hollywood. Now, 20 years later,

Chaplin resumes production activity on a satirical take-off

on the war-lords who are heading Europe

into another mad chaos.

(...) Photo, International Photographer, Los Angeles, Sept. 1939

& Syd Chaplin Aiding Prod. of „Dictators“

(...) Variety, Oct. 4, 1939

& Chaplin Plans Again

      to Enter UA Production (...)

      United Artists‘ largest release schedule in recent

years is indicated for next season with definite commitments

from Charles Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks,

in addition to the product from the company‘s present

producers.

      Chaplin will make one picture“

(...) Motion Picture Daily, Nov. 21, 1938

& Lunched with Charlie Chaplin at his villa atop a Beverly

hill. Afterward we lounged around his oval shaped

Mediterranean blue swimming pool and trashed out the

affairs of the world and Hollywood. His beautifully

trained Oriental servants glided silently about. Charlie told

me his secret in handling his staff was to pick out

good men, pay them well and leave them alone. We were

alone and Charlie spoke freely. He believes that

Hitler and Mussolini are the two greatest bluffers in modern

history, but that for this reason war in Europe

is improbable for 15 years. For, whoever starts it will

be destroyed in its maelstrom. This is one reason

he said that even the dictators have learned fro the World

war. They will go just as far as they can and

no further.

      * * *

      Chaplin is busy with his new picture. He told about

it in detail. When he was explaining the funny

sequences he pranced up and down beside the pool,

gesturing in his inimitable manner. It is easy

to understand why he is considered the world‘s greatest

genius in the art of pantomime. The new picture

will be a wow, take it from me. Charlie is very sore at the

international highbinder who stole his mustache

and he‘s going to get back at him regardless of censorship,

propaganda, diplomacy or financial consideration!

Incidentally Charlie said he can afford to let the chips fall

where they may. He has a few Government bonds

tucked away which will assure him that, no matter what

happens. From now on when he makes pictures

he is going to make them the way he wants to, and not

the way a dozen other people think he should.

Charlie is a rare spirit, a real intellectual. His sincerity,

enthusiasm and vigorous mind are outstanding.

His charm of manner should endear him to all but the

most stony hearted. He surprised me by saying

he never knew what to do at a cocktail or general party.

Despite 25 years‘ experience in this common

garden variety of party, he is always embarrassed. Like

a lot of us, he is continually at a loss as to what

to say, how long to talk to one person, how to avoid people

he doesn‘t want to talk to. More surprisingly, he said,

when he meets anybody he likes very much he is absolutely

stunned and can‘t talk at all; stutters and stammers

and puts his worst foot forward. And with people he doesn‘t

care much about Charlie said he often could „put

on the dog“ and make quite an impression.

(...) Going Places By Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., Pittsburgh

Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nov. 30, 1938

& Satire by Chaplin

      The most interesting evening of the week was spent

at the home of Rob Wagner, Hollywood‘s veteran

movie critic, magazine writer and publisher. Mr. Wagner

is a white-haired old gentleman who has been

living here for forty years – long before a movie camera

turned in California.

      He had a lot of interesting observations to make

to make on Hollywood but his most engrossing

anecdotes were about Charlie Chaplin. He is Chaplin‘s

oldest and most trusted friend.

      Mr. Wagner corroborated the fact that Charlie will

begin production on „The Dictator“ immediately

after the New Year. The sets are being built now. The story,

as Mr. Wagner tells it, is one that will make motion

picture history. Chaplin will play the part of a persecuted

nobody in a totalitarian country. He suddenly

finds himself mistaken for the dictator and the events that

follow are planned to make a good-natured satire 

on the political setup in certain European countries. It is the

most ambitious production Chaplin has ever

attempted.

      There is no telling when the picture will be completed.

Chaplin makes his own pictures, has to conform

to no schedule and stays with the picture until it is completed

to his full satisfaction.

(...) Lights and Shadows (...) in Hollywood By L. S. B. Shapiro,

Gazette, Montreal, Canada, Dec. 31, 1938

& SYDNEY CHAPLIN has arrived in Hollywood from

abroad to assist in the production of CHARLIE CHAPLIN‘S

new picture, „The Dictator.

(...) Motion Picture Daily, Jan. 23, 1939


„A state with which the United States is at peace“

Editorial content. „Nazis Charge ,Plot‘

      in Charlie Chaplin Film

      The Hamburger Fremdenblatt, in Germany, made the

assertion this week that Harold L. Ickes, American

Secretary of the Interior, has conspired with Charlie Chaplin

to spread propaganda against Germany, according

to a United Press dispatch.

      The newspaper asserted that Secretary Ickes had

,commissioned‘ Chaplin to make a motion picture

denouncing dictators, and said this was ,propaganda against

a state with which the United States is at peace.‘

      Charlie Chaplin is now preparing his next feature

picture, to be called The Dictator, for United Artists

release, in which Mr. Chaplin will talk for the first time

in films.“


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