When the voice of Charlie Chaplin was heard for the first time

Let’s travel back in time and look at this scene of Charlie’s Modern Times movie when for the first time his voice was heard in Cinema.

In Los Angeles in 1936 Charlie ChaplinOffsite Link wrote, directed and starred in the film, Modern TimesOffsite Link. In his final silent-film appearance Chaplin portrayed his Little TrampOffsite Link character struggling to survive in the industrialized world in which assembly lines dehumanize work and robots replace people. The film is also a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during the Great DepressionOffsite Link—conditions created, in Chaplin’s view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. The movie also starred Paulette GoddardOffsite Link, Henry Bergman, Stanley SandfordOffsite Link and Chester ConklinOffsite Link.

The opening instrumental sequence is very long because in the film, Charlie has written the words of the song on his shirt cuff, which flies across the restaurant as soon as he makes his grand entrance. He dances around desperately looking for it, but the customers start complaining about the delay, so he has to make up the words.

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