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Charlie Chaplin
C Chaplin 
Charlie Chaplin plays young Sam Reshevsky.
American Chess Bulletin, v.19 (1922)
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1923

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(born Apr-16-1889, died Dec-25-1977, 88 years old) United Kingdom

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Charles Spencer Chaplin was an English comic actor, film director and composer, best known for his work during the silent film era.

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1. C Chaplin vs Reshevsky 0-1291923New YorkC43 Petrov, Modern Attack

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Apr-17-08  MichAdams: <Their movies were designed only for large groups of strangers who know almost none of the people in the theater with them.>

It's true that laughter is generally infectious, but the relative sophistication of the audience must also be considered. I have been in cinemas where some people even laughed at the adverts.

Neither would I wish to deny the appeal of visual comedy, but as anyone who's sat through an extended custard pie fight could attest, it soon begins to wear thin.

Also worth considering in relation to Chaplin & co. is the infancy of that cinematic period; they were giants in a small field.

Apr-17-08  Bishoprick: Humphrey Bogart was reputed to be a pretty good chess player. Probably not at master level, but likely expert strength. Many years ago, Chess Review had an article about him.
Apr-17-08  Bishoprick: Another winner (or so I was told) of one of those Chaplin imitation contests was Milton Berle.
Apr-17-08  popski: Yeah, today we have more advanced sense of humor, on example that's what is funny for people nowadays:
Apr-16-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday Mr. Nobody
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  wordfunph: happy birthday Mr. Funny!
Apr-16-12  talisman: happy birthday to the man that stole J.D. Salinger's girlfriend and made her his wife. Eugene O'neil's daughter Oonna. J.D. never really got over it.
Apr-16-12  King Death: <talisman> Neither did Eugene O'Neill, he disowned Oona.
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<Did Samuel Reshevsky & Georges Koltanowski ever meet at the board? If so, then Chaplin was only 4 players away (in terms of an Erdos-like number in graph-theory) of playing the Bacall / Humphrey Bogart chess acting duo.>

An astute observation, but unfortunately we see no evidence that Kolty and Reshevsky ever played one another.

In any case, happy birthday to one of the most inspired comedians of all time.

Apr-16-13  torrefan: Born today, died Christmas day. Great comic. Even his chess moves looked like jokes!
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Charlie!
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  HeMateMe: <The Great Dictator> Saw it in the 70s, at a revival theater, full house. Lots of laughs.
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  MissScarlett: <Have you seen the speech of the barber the people mistook for Hynkel?>

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  MissScarlett: Apparently, he was an anti-Stratfordian:

<In the work of the greatest geniuses, humble beginnings will reveal themselves somewhere, but one cannot trace the slightest sign of them in Shakespeare I am not concerned with who wrote the works of Shakespeare but I can hardly think it was the Stratford boy. Whoever wrote them had an aristocratic attitude.>

Sep-28-14  ljfyffe: The matter is somewhat clouded by the attitude of some authors that very few people are capable of rising above the station in life which their birth has assigned to them.
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  HeMateMe: Bill Clinton grew up boinking trailer trash woman in Arkansas.
Sep-28-14  nok: Lame bio. <an English comic actor> come on it's Charlie f***ing Chaplin!
Sep-28-14  ljfyffe: Sir Charlie Chaplin never became an American citizen.
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  twinlark: Yes, he was persecuted by Hoover and left the US to live in Switzerland.
Sep-29-14  ljfyffe: Prosecuted, as well, I see.
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  perfidious: Even near the end of Hoover's pathetic existence in 1972, he schemed to prevent Chaplin's entry into USA to receive an honourary Academy Award, though this failed.

By the bye, FBI's file on Chaplin was 1900 pages thick.

Have to guard the country's well being from such subversive elements, don't you know.

Sep-29-14  ljfyffe: Did Hoover tell Chaplin he had the right to remain silent? (hee hee).
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  perfidious: Ha ha ha!

Pity that Hoover was little concerned with procedure, except when it suited his aims.

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  HeMateMe: <Did Hoover tell Chaplin he had the right to remain silent?> !!
Oct-01-14  Dredge Rivers: <HeMateMe> Bad reference there. Miranda rights date from the 1960's, looooong after silent movies! But, as always, you're not NEARLY as smart as you think you are!
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