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Charlie Chaplinís The Kid

 

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Charlie Chaplinís <i>The Kid</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 6, 2018
1. Charlie Chaplinís The Kid Marker
Inscription.  The heart-tugging reunion in The Kid [1921] played between Charlie Chaplinís Little Tramp and his “adopted” son [Jackie Coogan] remains one of the most emotionally charged scenes in all of film history.

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, MusicEntertainment.
 
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
Marker and Photos image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 25, 2018
2. Marker and Photos
this marker); Hammel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Pelanconi Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Pelanconi House & Pelanconi Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Sepulveda House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding Charlie Chaplinís The Kid.
This was Charlie Chaplinís first feature film. It is often rated among the top 100 movies of all time.

Olvera Street became a 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 costar. 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 guest.
Reunion Scene Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 6, 2018
3. Reunion Scene Location
The marker is at the bottom of the stairs, on the left.


In 1944, as a glider pilot during World War II, Jackie Coogan landed British troops at night 100 miles behind enemy lines in Burma. He later became famous for his role as Uncle Fester in the 1960ís 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 Chaplinís most personal and autobiographical work.” ...

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”.
Reunion Scene image. Click for full size.
Public Domain
4. Reunion Scene
This photo is on display below the marker. Compare the windows to the previous photo.
(Submitted on January 29, 2021.) 
 
Reunion Scene image. Click for full size.
Public Domain
5. Reunion Scene
This photo is on display below the marker.
Publicity Poster for <i>The Kid</i> image. Click for full size.
Public Domain via Wikipedia Commons, 1921
6. Publicity Poster for The Kid
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 69 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.
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