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Charlie Chaplins Tramp Debut 1914 This short film made in early 1914, Kid Auto Races At Venice, is a significant milestone in cinematic history: It marked the screen debut of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character. In this film, made without a script, Chaplin played a mischief-maker who causes trouble for a camera crew trying to film a kiddie car race. (When you think about it, Chaplin isn't behaving much differently than people today who make fools of themselves to get on TV at sports events or wherever TV news crews show up.) By the end of 1914, Chaplin would be the most popular film comedian in the world.
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Added: 21st January 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-01-21 
There was something so charming, and innocent about Charlie onscreen. My Nonna said she was delighted everytime she was able to go see his films.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-01-21 
Chaplin's career was incredible. He made one film before this one. Then he found this costume by going through Keystone Studio's wardrobe and props department--and seldom wore anything else for the next 22 years. During that first year at Keystone, when he made 35 films, Chaplin discovered he could make audiences feel sorry for him. It was something he never forgot. Chaplin was a talented genius. He will still be talked about a century from now.
Posted by: Shortyblackwell on 2008-07-19 
LMAO! Thank you for posting this!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-09-08 
I'm always amazed (and a little bit wistful) at the huge crowds that would turn out for relatively minor events a century ago. With the absence of radio and televison in those days, outings of any sort were a bigger deal back then, I suppose.
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