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Date Posted: 22:12:23 08/25/99 Wed
Author: Calvero
Subject: Re: Racist?
In reply to: Dan 's message, "Racist?" on 15:28:40 08/20/99 Fri

> A friend of mine has tried to tell me that she
> remembers seeing an article in which a former employee
> branded Chaplin a racist.
> Now I am a big fan and am well aware that Charlie
> viewed himself as a "humanist", and this pretty much
> excludes any thoughts of bigotry. I am also aware that
> several employees (like Rollie Totheroh) bad-mouthed
> him years later. However, I am wondering if anyone
> else has seen either the "phantom" aricle, or anything
> else like it.
> Dan

I haven't heard anything about Chaplin being a racist. He wrote the speech that was at the end of "The Great Dictator" and that spoke out for tolerance of everyone..."Jew, Gentile, black man, white" as he says. <p> And I also doubt Rollie or many employees badmouthed him. Chaplin was loyal to his cast and crew and they were loyal in return. He would pay their regular salaries whether or not he was shooting a movie and (I beleive) continued paying them even after he was exiled from America. I know that with one of his leading ladies, Edna Purviance, he continued paying her until her death in 1958, which was about 35 years after he had her as a leading lady. The only one that I can think of right now that worked for him and later said bad things about him later was Adolphe Menjou (who costarred with Edna in "A Woman of Paris") who was one of the guys back in the 1950s who named names during the communist witch hunt and said that Chaplin was a communist. That's the only person I can think of that said anything bad about him.

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