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By Peter Ackroyd

A short but definitive new biography of 1 of film's maximum legends: excellent for readers who need to know extra in regards to the iconic famous person yet who don't are looking to decide to a long work.

He used to be the first actual icon of the silver display and is without doubt one of the such a lot recognizable of Hollywood faces, even 100 years after his first movie. yet what of the guy in the back of the moustache? Peter Ackroyd's new biography turns the highlight on Chaplin's existence in addition to his paintings, from his humble theatrical beginnings in tune halls to profitable an honorary Academy Award. every thing is right here, from the glamor of his golden age to the murky scandals of the Nineteen Forties and eventual exile to Switzerland. There are fascinating anecdotes alongside the best way: taking part in the violin in a brand new York inn room to masks the sound of Stan Laurel frying beef chops and lengthy Hollywood lunches with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. This masterful short biography bargains clean revelations approximately essentially the most everyday faces of the final century and brings the Little Tramp vividly to lifestyles.

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Charles Crichton, Francis D. Lyon, William Hornbeck. ; John Armstrong, René Hubert, Cathleen Mann, costumes; Vincent Korda, set/art design; Lawrence W. Butler, Edward Cohen, Ned Mann, F/X; Jack Cardiff, special visual effects; Cardiff, Robert Krasker, special camera effects; 117 min. ), 92 min. 37:1. indd 35 7/29/15 4:31 PM (as Margueretta Scott) (Roxana/Rowena); Cedric Hardwicke (Theotocopulos); Maurice Braddell (Dr. Harding); Sophie Stewart (Mrs. Cabal); Derrick De Marney (Richard Gordon); Ann Todd (Mary Gordon); Pearl Argyle (Catherine Cabal); Kenneth Villiers (Maurice Passworthy).

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