A quote by Charles Chaplin, the irrepressible, Academy Award winning English comedian. In a review of the book Chaplin: A Life (2008), Martin Sieff writes:

“Chaplin was not just ‘big’, he was gigantic. In 1915, he burst onto a war-torn world bringing it the gift of comedy, laughter and relief while it was tearing itself apart through World War I. Over the next 25 years, through the great depression and the rise of Hitler, he stayed on the job. He was bigger than anybody. It is doubtful any individual has ever given more entertainment, pleasure and relief to so many human beings when they needed it the most.”

039_70230charlie-chaplin-postersI love his early stuff and ‘The Kid‘ and ‘The Great Dictator‘, which at the time was extremely controversial; it was his first talking picture and it bitterly made fun of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. Chaplin grew up in poverty with a mother that was mentally ill. He was a great man, honored with several awards AND his trusty character ‘the tramp’ had awesome style. PS. Watch ‘Chaplin‘ from 1992 with Robert Downey Jr to get a crash course.


  1. Joe DeHart

    I like the quote, but where do you get your information that Chaplain was Jewish? I am currently reading his Autobiography and the only religious connection that he made was Protestant. He wrote that he and his brother Sydney went with their mother (before she became mentally ill) to regularly attend a London church pastored by F.B. Myers. He also wrote fondly of the Bible Stories that his mother read to him and his childhood fondness of Jesus.

    It’s in his book.

  2. Signe Kassow

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for your comment, my contributor Amalie wrote this post, but I just checked and you are right, there is no evidence that he was Jewish! thanks for letting me know, I have now updated the post.


  3. Joe DeHart

    You’re very welcome. Charlie Chaplain is a haunting personality, and so is his music.

    Readers of this blog may already be aware of his song writing. I’d been enjoying his songs for years before I ever knew he wrote them – songs like “Smile (though your heart is breaking)”, “This Is My Song (a serenade of love”, “Terry’s Song”, etc. – These became great hits in the 50s and 60s and are still heard as modern classics.


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