Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid
— Reminiscing —
Remarkably, the setting for this iconic scene remains standing, and is passed unknowingly by hundreds of tourists every day. As shown here, the reunion took place on Olvera Street, a colorful Mexican marketplace and cultural center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment.
Location. 34° 3.472′ N, 118° 14.264′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Olvera Street south of Cesar Chavez Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Located near the north end of the plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 70 Olvera St, Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zanja Madre (a few steps from this marker); Pure Water from Many Sources (a few steps from this marker); Pelanconi House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hammel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandstone Trough (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Italian Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Pelanconi Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Regarding Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid.
This was Charlie Chaplin’s first feature film. It is often rated among the top 100 movies of all time.
Olvera Street became a popular marketplace ten years after filming.
A new version of the film was re-issued in 1971, with a new music score composed by Charlie Chaplin, who also re-edited the film.
Chaplin decided to make a film around Jackie Coogan after seeing him in a vaudeville performance with his father Jack Coogan Sr., who coached his son during filming. Chaplin rewarded Jack Sr. by paying him almost double what Jackie was getting to co-star. Jack Sr. also played several roles in the film: a bum who picks the Tramp's pocket; the Devil in the Heaven sequence; and a party
In 1944, as a glider pilot during World War II, Jackie Coogan landed British troops at night 100 miles behind enemy lines. He later became famous for his role as Uncle Fester in the 1960’s TV sitcom The Addams Family.
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1. Information about The Kid. Excerpt:
The production company tried to cheat Charles Chaplin by paying him for this six-reel film what they would ordinarily pay him for a two-reel film, which was about $500,000. Chaplin took the unassembled film out of state until the company agreed to the $1.5 million he was supposed to be paid, plus half the surplus profits on rentals, along with reversion of the film to him after five years on the rental market.(Submitted on February 6, 2019.)
2. Wikipedia entry. Excerpt:
Chaplin wrote, produced, directed, edited, and starred in The Kid, and later composed a score. Innovative in its combination of comedic and dramatic elements, The Kid is widely considered one of the greatest films of the silent era. Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance maintains, “The film is a perfect blend of comedy and drama and is arguably Chaplin’s most personal and autobiographical work.” ...(Submitted on January 29, 2021.)
Mary Pickford said of the film, “The Kid is one of the finest examples of the screen language, depending upon its actions rather than upon subtitles”.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 116 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week January 31, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 6, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 6. submitted on January 29, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.