Wednesday, January 7, 2015

'Cardo', Spanish Chaplin imitator

Excellent footage circa 1918 of a very funny fellow can be found here.  A great clown and acrobat, performing on the street and with other actors.

Leonard Doogood

(ca. 1893-1973) Charlie Chaplin impersonator, filmmaker, artist, inventor, journalist

Leonard Joseph Doogood started out his entertainment career as an Adelaide-based Charlie Chaplin impersonator. In 1916 he made a cameo Chaplin appearance in a short film about Penfold’s vineyard, and the following year toured a Chaplin act around regional South Australia (billed as Leonard Doogood and Dot). He wrote and directed Algie’s Romance for the South Australian Feature Film Co in 1918 before being offered a contract in New Zealand in 1921 to make several pseudo-Chaplin films and to promote the real comedian’s actual films (this included live performances during screenings). Doogood also impersonated Chaplin in Vanbrugh-Boucicault’s hit production of the comedy Aren’t We All (1924), before turning to journalism in the mid-1920s.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chaplin and the Kid(s), Universal Studios Singapore

Chaplin imitator and showgirl, 1927

Damian Blake entertaining in Virginia Beach

Chaplin impersonator Damian Blake at Virginia Beach WWI Airshow, 2014

Charlie Rivel

Cary Grant for Life Magazine

Geraldine Chaplin and a shifty imitator...

Geraldine Chaplin looking pretty uncomfortable with an unknown imitator

Chaplin cameo on 'Peaky Blinders' Season 2, episode 5

Damian Blake as 'Shoulder Arms' style Chaplin

Damian Blake entertaining at the WWI Museum Airshow, Virginia Beach 2014.

Young child in Chaplin costume, circa 1920