Skip to comments.What a great photo
Posted on 01/15/2014 11:27:21 AM PST by Borges
Charlie Chaplin, a communist, on Wall Street.
What's the story ?
Were all those people assembled there just to see Chaplin?
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.
Oh, ok. It was a rally to sell Liberty Bonds, presumably for WWI.
'Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks Selling Liberty Loans During the Third Loan Campaign at the Sub-Treasury Building on Wall Street, New York City'
Chaplin was not a communist.
How did he do those amazing stuns with such little feet? /who can figure it out?
What a stupid photo.
Fairbanks was very brave. Remember, this was before hand-sanitizers.
1.Fairbanks has his hand up his ass.
2.Who`s the midget?
Oh man, the hat manufactures sure were making loads of money back then! Suits too!
That’s about 5 years after fedzilla and the Federal Reserve began HOLDING UP all the rest of us.
For those behind a firewall, you need to truncate the “https”
There are a few guys without hats. Wonder what was thought of those guys.
Also, it does not look like there were any, if many women there.
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 SovietAmerican 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?
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 Chaplins ties to communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.”
His politics were of the naive ‘Peace on Earth’ variety. HE never joined any communist party as far as I know.
cool shot -
Damn - that was fascinating - thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.
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.
I can see it now..
“How did he do those amazing stuns with such little feet? /who can figure it out?”
Blazing Saddles...Harvey Korman
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Not all communists are actual members of the Communist Party. Some wisely prefer to keep a low profile.
“2.Who`s the midget?”
It’s not so special.
The photographer missed that cute thing teh kitteh was doing out of frame.
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Communism and Nazism (another political ideology) were/are both reprehensible and many millions have died in the push for those systems.
So he's rubbing elbows with groups and individuals who supported communist mass murderers like Mao and Stalin?
The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles and anti-capitalist agitation in the United States."
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).
Brecht and Eisler? They were major creative figures of the time. Orson Welles associated with them to. Was he a communist?
"a domestic security file concerning Chaplins ties to communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.
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.
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.
“He was a Soviet-type marxist through and through.”
Please provide proof of this. Writings of his? Statements?
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.
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.
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 Councils membership was largely made up of professionals sympathetic to socialism and communism.
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. Heres timeline of NCASF office holders:
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. ...
What films might those be? Since when England is part of Switzerland?
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.
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.
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