Harold Lloyd: A Silent Screen Daredevil Comedian

An iconic scene from the film “Safety Last!” where Harold Lloyd is seen hanging from a clock hand on top of a skyscraper.

It’s easy to forget in today’s world of intricately detailed animation that there was a much simpler time in the movie business. As with all industries, filmmaking didn’t just come into being equipped with top of the line CGI and refined storytelling. It evolved over decades as directors, producers, and actors all … Read more

Guide to Charlie Chaplin’s United Artists Studios Films

Poster of Charlie Chaplin’s most accomplished film, City Lights

In 1923, Chaplin started working with United Artists studios – an American television digital production company the he helped he co-found. Also known as United Artists Corporation (UA), it was founded in 1919 by D. W. Griffin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin.  When Chaplin started releasing his films in United … Read more

Guide to Charlie Chaplin’s British Production Films

Image of Charlie Chaplin (right) and Jack Lemmon (left) in 1972 at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

In 1952, Charlie Chaplin traveled to Britain to promote the premiere of his film, Limelight. Through-out the tour, Chaplin learned that he had been refused a re-entry visa to the United States because of the political allegations at that time. Unable to return to the United States, Chaplin made his last two … Read more

Guide to Charlie Chaplin’s Movies with Mutual Film Corporation

Guide to Charlie Chaplin's Movies with Mutual Film Corporation

After Chaplin’s course with the film studio Essanay, he signed a new contract with a different motion picture company – Mutual Film Corporation. Mutual is known for producing some of the greatest Charlie Chaplin films. Mutual Film Corporation was founded in 1912 – by a team of American businessmen. Similar to other … Read more

Guide to Charlie Chaplin’s First National Studios Films

Guide to Charlie Chaplin's First National Studios Films

One good thing about Chaplin’s career was he never missed out any opportunity. Starting out as a rookie – Chaplin learned to write and direct his own films. After a profitable contract with Mutual Studios – Chaplin signed a new contract with First National Pictures, which became one of the first million-dollars … Read more

Guide to Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay Studios Films

Guide to Charlie Chaplin's Essanay Studios Films

Another studio that shared success with Charlie Chaplin was Essanay Studios. Established in 1907 – in Chicago, the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company gained recognition for the exemplary comedy films of Charlie Chaplin. Warner Bros later on acquired it in 1920. In 1915, during World War I, Chaplin signed a contract with Essanay … Read more