His image and his name are internationally known even decades after his death.  He is arguably the most famous performer ever produced by Hollywood.

And yet, since his on screen personality was that of a costumed clown, the little tramp, off screen he had a different image.  He was handome and virile.

Hello, everybody.  Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here this week recalling all the famous folk of the 1920s who were involved in one of the biggest scandals of the period.

Charlie Chaplin was a great friend of Marion Davies.  The were both stars of the silent screen in the early 1920s, but his star would continue to rise and take him to incredible heights.  In a few short years she, a talented light comedienne, would be forgotten by movie audiences and become just a footnote: mistress to a wealthy tycoon.

A jealous tycoon. (hint: he was profiled in our blog of Tuesday, Dec 4th.)  And one night aboard his yacht the tycoon’s jealousy erupted and a legend was born.

Read Murder on the Hearst Yacht. You can order a paperback or Kindle copy by clicking here.

And we’re giving another autographed copy of the book to the first person who sends in a comment correctly answering this question: What child actor did Chaplin make into an instant star when he cast him in The Kid?

 

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