Marie St. Clair, a French country girl, and her lover, Jean Millet, an art student, plan to elope to Paris when her father locks her out of the house and his parents object to Marie’s presence in their home. Marie waits at the railway station while Jean returns home to collect his belongings. His father dies while he is there, and Marie, through a misunderstanding, goes to Paris alone. She becomes wealthy playboy Pierre Revel’s mistress, and a year later she accidently meets Jean, who has come to Paris with his mother to study art. Marie commissions the poor artist to paint her portrait, leading to a renewal of their love affair. She accepts his marriage proposal and decides to sever her relationship with Pierre, who has become engaged to a wealthy socialite; later Marie reneges, believing that Jean proposed in a weak moment. The next evening Jean follows Marie and Pierre to a cabaret, sees her for the last time, and commits suicide. Marie and Jean’s mother go to the country to care for orphaned children. She never sees Pierre again, but they pass on the road—Pierre in an automobile; Marie riding a haycart—and do not recognize each other. (This symbolic ending was apparently made for American audiences. In an alternative ending made for European audiences, Marie returns to Pierre after her fiancé’s suicide.) —TCM
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular “Little Tramp” character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 26th, 1889 to Charles and Hannah (Hill) Chaplin, both music hall performers, who were married on June 22nd, 1885. After Charles Sr. separated from Hannah to perform in New York City, Hannah then tried to resurrect her stage career. Unfortunately, her singing voice had a tendency to break at unexpected moments. When this happened, the stage manager spotted young Charlie standing in the wings and led him on stage, where five-year-old Charlie began to sing a popular tune. Charlie and his half-brother, Syd Chaplin (born Sydney Hawkes), spent their lives in and out… read more
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