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Posted on 01/15/2014 11:27:21 AM PST by Borges



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Douglas Fairbanks holding up Charlie Chaplin on Wall Street in 1918.
1 posted on 01/15/2014 11:27:21 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
Interesting.

Charlie Chaplin, a communist, on Wall Street.

2 posted on 01/15/2014 11:29:08 AM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Borges
Amazing!

What's the story ?

3 posted on 01/15/2014 11:29:38 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Borges

Were all those people assembled there just to see Chaplin?


4 posted on 01/15/2014 11:30:18 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Borges

Hey, where are all the slobs in the crowd wearing shorts, tank tops and shower sandals? Oh, that’s right, this is not modern-day America.


5 posted on 01/15/2014 11:33:07 AM PST by Signalman
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Oh, ok. It was a rally to sell Liberty Bonds, presumably for WWI.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/41581089/Chaplin-and-Fairbanks


6 posted on 01/15/2014 11:34:29 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Borges
nice.


'Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks Selling Liberty Loans During the Third Loan Campaign at the Sub-Treasury Building on Wall Street, New York City'


7 posted on 01/15/2014 11:36:30 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: mountn man

Chaplin was not a communist.


8 posted on 01/15/2014 11:37:13 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

~~~Douglas Fairbanks~~~

How did he do those amazing stuns with such little feet? /who can figure it out?


9 posted on 01/15/2014 11:39:07 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Borges

What a stupid photo.


10 posted on 01/15/2014 11:40:46 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Borges

Fairbanks was very brave. Remember, this was before hand-sanitizers.


11 posted on 01/15/2014 11:44:52 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (This GOP is dead. What do we do now?)
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To: Borges

1.Fairbanks has his hand up his ass.

2.Who`s the midget?


12 posted on 01/15/2014 11:45:04 AM PST by Para-Ord.45 ( Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: Borges

Oh man, the hat manufactures sure were making loads of money back then! Suits too!


13 posted on 01/15/2014 11:49:09 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Signalman
"Hey, where are all the slobs in the crowd wearing shorts, tank tops and shower sandals? Oh, that’s right, this is not modern-day America."

+1!

14 posted on 01/15/2014 11:50:52 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Borges

That’s about 5 years after fedzilla and the Federal Reserve began HOLDING UP all the rest of us.


15 posted on 01/15/2014 11:51:40 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Borges

For those behind a firewall, you need to truncate the “https”


16 posted on 01/15/2014 12:04:05 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: Borges

There are a few guys without hats. Wonder what was thought of those guys.


17 posted on 01/15/2014 12:05:06 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Signalman

Also, it does not look like there were any, if many women there.


18 posted on 01/15/2014 12:07:29 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Borges; mountn man
Chaplin was not a Communist

From a generally fawning Wikipedia entry:

Chaplin again vocalised his political views in Monsieur Verdoux, criticising capitalism and arguing that the world encourages mass killing through wars and weapons of mass destruction.

Because of this, the film met with controversy when it was released in April 1947; Chaplin was booed at the premiere, and there were calls for a boycott. Monsieur Verdoux was the first Chaplin release that failed both critically and commercially in the United States.

The negative reaction to Monsieur Verdoux was largely the result of changes in Chaplin's public image. Along with damage of the Joan Barry scandal, he was publicly accused of being a communist. His political activity had heightened during Second World War, when he campaigned for the opening of a Second Front to help the Soviet Union and supported various Soviet–American friendship groups.

He socialised with known communists, such as Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht, and he attended functions given by Soviet diplomats in Los Angeles. In the political climate of 1940s America, such activities meant Chaplin was considered, as Larcher writes, "dangerously progressive and amoral." The FBI wanted him out of the country,and early in 1947 they launched an official investigation.

Chaplin denied being a communist, instead calling himself a "peacemonger", but felt the government's effort to suppress the ideology was an unacceptable infringement of civil liberties. Unwilling to be quiet about the issue, he openly protested the trials of Communist Party members and the activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

So apparently he just walked and talked like a duck?

19 posted on 01/15/2014 12:09:49 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Borges
Good photography is made of light, composition, and subject matter. This picture has a striking subject matter, is good enough on the light, and is a love-letter to the compositional "rule of thirds" & "diagonals":


20 posted on 01/15/2014 12:18:08 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: Fightin Whitey

From the website of the FBI:

“Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (1889-1971) was a comic actor, movie director, and one of the founders of United Artists Pictures, a major Hollywood film studio. This release consists of two types of files, one involving a White Slave Traffic Act (or interstate prostitution) investigation and a domestic security file concerning Chaplin’s ties to communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.”

http://vault.fbi.gov/charlie-chaplin


21 posted on 01/15/2014 12:20:12 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Fightin Whitey

His politics were of the naive ‘Peace on Earth’ variety. HE never joined any communist party as far as I know.


22 posted on 01/15/2014 12:20:58 PM PST by Borges
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To: Theoria

cool shot -


23 posted on 01/15/2014 12:21:51 PM PST by Revelation 911
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To: Borges
A PLACE IN HISTORY: Federal Hall on Wall Street was the site of George Washington's inauguration. A statue of the first president stands in front of the building.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/nyc-site-of-first-presidential-inauguration-51650.html

24 posted on 01/15/2014 12:24:33 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Yossarian

Damn - that was fascinating - thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.


25 posted on 01/15/2014 12:28:07 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Borges; ETL
His politics were of the naive ‘Peace on Earth’ variety. HE never joined any communist party as far as I know.

Barack Obama's politics are of the naive "Equality on Earth" variety. HE never associates with any radical leftist or Islamic organizations as far as I know.

26 posted on 01/15/2014 12:30:42 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Yaelle

They’re poor.


27 posted on 01/15/2014 12:34:52 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Yossarian

I can see it now..


28 posted on 01/15/2014 12:36:12 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: F15Eagle

“How did he do those amazing stuns with such little feet? /who can figure it out?”

Blazing Saddles...Harvey Korman


29 posted on 01/15/2014 12:38:09 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition

AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO VIEWERS: All persons shown in the photograph, including those not wearing hats, are currently dead.


30 posted on 01/15/2014 12:39:08 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Not all communists are actual members of the Communist Party. Some wisely prefer to keep a low profile.


31 posted on 01/15/2014 12:42:19 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Para-Ord.45

“2.Who`s the midget?”

The Penguin?


32 posted on 01/15/2014 12:42:20 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Finally!!


33 posted on 01/15/2014 12:43:39 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Borges; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

It’s not so special.

The photographer missed that cute thing teh kitteh was doing out of frame.


34 posted on 01/15/2014 12:44:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Revolting cat!

MORE IMPORTANT NOTE TO VIEWERS, FROM DNC HQ:

We thank all those for voting for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and especially a big shout out to Harrison J. Bounel.


35 posted on 01/15/2014 12:45:35 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Fightin Whitey
>>but felt the government's effort to suppress the ideology was an unacceptable infringement of civil liberties

Communism and Nazism (another political ideology) were/are both reprehensible and many millions have died in the push for those systems.

36 posted on 01/15/2014 12:48:34 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Borges
His politics were of the naive ‘Peace on Earth’ variety.

So he's rubbing elbows with groups and individuals who supported communist mass murderers like Mao and Stalin?

37 posted on 01/15/2014 12:49:15 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Borges
"The Wall Street bombing occurred at 12:01 pm on Thursday, September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of New York City. The blast killed 38 and seriously injured 143.[1]:160-161 The bombing was never solved, although investigators and historians believe the Wall Street bombing was carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists), a group responsible for a series of bombings the previous year.

The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles and anti-capitalist agitation in the United States."

Wall Street Bomb

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street_bombing

38 posted on 01/15/2014 1:00:36 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Chaplin was not a political figure and did not engage in political activism. His political statements come from interviews asking him about why he was being harassed. The U.S. government’s refusal to re admit him to the country in the early 1950s was embarrassing. He spent the rest of his life in England making films not agitating for political change (which he never did).


39 posted on 01/15/2014 1:02:59 PM PST by Borges
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To: ETL

Brecht and Eisler? They were major creative figures of the time. Orson Welles associated with them to. Was he a communist?


40 posted on 01/15/2014 1:03:39 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
From the website of the FBI...

"a domestic security file concerning Chaplin’s ties to communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.”

http://vault.fbi.gov/charlie-chaplin

41 posted on 01/15/2014 1:09:36 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Borges; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; seenenuf; flaglady47; seekthetruth; Bushbacker1; ...
Chaplin never came out of the closet as a member of the Communist Party because he never registered as such for economic reasons....i.e., the health of his own wallet.

He was a Soviet-type marxist through and through.

You won't find many, if any, registered Communist Party members today in the entertainment/Hollywood/Broadway/media/arts professions, either......although we know there's plenty of them around in spirit. Greed and the love of money usually trumps ideology in the creative fields...so mum's the word.

Leni

42 posted on 01/15/2014 1:10:33 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Borges; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; seenenuf; Chigirl 26; Bob Ireland
Politics aside.....as a dyed-in-the-wool classical movies buff I can't tell you how extremely interesting I found the photo.

Two of the greatest cinematic stars of all time in one picture during the "Great War", the "War to End All Wars"...

Thanks for posting such a treasure.

Leni

43 posted on 01/15/2014 1:15:56 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

“He was a Soviet-type marxist through and through.”

Please provide proof of this. Writings of his? Statements?


44 posted on 01/15/2014 1:16:10 PM PST by Borges
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To: ETL

That’s pretty vague. They used to say that about someone who subsribed to a Union Newsletter. The primary argument against Chaplin back then was his proclivity for very young girls. Dalton Trumbo he wasn’t.


45 posted on 01/15/2014 1:18:12 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

The Great Dictator wasn’t political commentary? We weren’t at war against Hitler then. There was a Hollywood backlash that he may sour the German market for US films.


46 posted on 01/15/2014 1:24:53 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Borges
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship

The National Council of American-Soviet Friendship (NCASF) was the successor organisation to the National Council on Soviet Relations (NCSR).

The 1930s witnessed the birth of the politically radical American-Soviet friendship movement which revolved around the Friends of the Soviet Union, founded in 1929. One of the major goals of the movement was for the United States and the Soviet Union to form an anti-fascist alliance. This eventually led to the foundation of the NCSR, which became the NCASF in 1941. The Council’s membership was largely made up of professionals sympathetic to socialism and communism.

Key figures
Corliss Lamont was one of the foundators and the first chairman of the council. Professor Ralph Barton Perry of Harvard University was vice-chairman of the council. Edwin Smith was the executive director of the council. Here’s timeline of NCASF office holders:[1]

Hollywood support
Charlie Chaplin was one of the sponsors when the founding of the council was announced in April 1943. when an “American – Soviet Friendship Rally” was held in Madison Square Garden on 16 November 1944, a number of Hollywood movie stars — including Chaplin, John Garfield, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Gene Kelly, and Edward G. Robinson — signed a message in a gesture of support. The statement said that the artists added their voices in favor of the bond that existed between “our great country and our great Allies.” The message added: “In this friendship lies not only the hope but the future of the world.”[2] ...”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Council_of_American-Soviet_Friendship

47 posted on 01/15/2014 1:28:36 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Borges
He spent the rest of his life in England making film

What films might those be? Since when England is part of Switzerland?

48 posted on 01/15/2014 1:30:07 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Borges

Chaplin was a Soviet sympathizer like the rest of Hollywood then and until the very end of the Soviet Union, otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to find work there.


49 posted on 01/15/2014 1:32:32 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Borges
You can do your own research in countless places regarding Chaplin's ideology. A good place to start is the lengthy but fascinating biography of the comedian in Wikipedia.

We know he never registered as a party member....however, his ideology was beautifully and thoroughly communist. His many and varied pro-communist and anti-American activities consumed a large part of his later adult life....culminating in the 50's with him meeting with Nikita Krushchev and Chou En Lai...and then shortly afterwards being awarded the International Peace Prize by the commie World Peace Council.

Leni

50 posted on 01/15/2014 1:40:32 PM PST by MinuteGal
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