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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 09, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 14',
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"All my early training was for dra
matic work," he said. "Had I fol
lowed my own desires I would have
done serious parts."
And now, having reached the pin
nacle of success in comedy, he has
determined td appear in a strong
"J. am going to surprise everybody
with one big, serious picture," he
stated. "I like Hall Caine's story,
'The Prodigal Son,' because it runs
the gamut of Human emotion. If I
can arrange for the rights I shall put
this novel on the screen before I sign
my next contract."
Charlie Chaplin directs his own
pictures and does not use manu
script. All the ttle effects that look
so spontaneous on the screen have
been carefully thought out and re
hearsed again and again. He some-times-works
for days on a scene only
to sicken of it and throw it out of the
"I am successful," he said, "be
cause I work hard and pay attention
.to detail. "I think of my work con
stantly. "I can't even read a book or have
a conversation without trying to find
a good comic effect in the most seri
ous part of it"
Charlie is only 26 years old. He is
not married and lives at the Los An
geles Athletic club, where he has a
magnificent library of his own. After
a hard day at the studio he likes to
read or play the cello. He is an ac
The barrenness of his dressing
room at the studio contrasted with
the dressing quarters of less eminent
players is striking. He has no pic
tures or press clippings of himself in
the room and there is not a single
piece of unnecessary furniture. But
what little he has is the most sump
tuous that money can buy.
He dish&es being interviewed be
cause he feels that it is impossible to
be natural in the presence of a re
be natural. I WILL be myself but
I can't, that's all," he confessed.
The truth of this is shown in his
ba"shfulness and uneasiness during
When I talked with him he was
without his little mustache, but wore
his costume and the big shoes. He
has worn the same shoes in all of his
pictures and has a real affection for
"I wouldn't part with them for the
amount of my next "year's contract,"
he declared. "They have associa
tions. They still look poor, too."
A cut on the bridge of his nose was
visible through his makeup.
"I pulled a lamp post over on my
self' he explained. "It was neces
sary to take several stitches and I
lost a good deal of blood I didn't
know I had so much blood. We kept
the scene, too. It makes one of those
serious little touches, you know."
And then, as the interview drew
near the end he said, with a signifi
cant smile: --
"You know, there are hundreds of
people who 'knew' me when I didn't
have a nickel or who gave me my
start in life. The other day a man
claimed he was the first person to
give me a glass of champagne.
"When I was playing a small part
in a vaudeville sketch, a newspaper
man did predict my success. I won
der if that fellow knows?
"During his talk he said:
" 'Young man, you have a great
future ahead of you a great future.'
"And," Charlie concluded, "he
wasn't so far wrong, at that."
Charlie Chaplin's business affairs
are managed by his brother, Sid, also
a film actor. The contracts and the
big offers of salary and all that are
taken care of by Sid, while Charlie
goes ahead thinking up new funny
The famous movie comedian, has
an income of $13,500 a week. Of
this ?10,000 is paid in salary and the
"I say over and over again; 'I WILL l
rest is the amount of his bonus.