Chaplin Time Travel on YouTube - good for a laugh

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Chaplin Time Travel on YouTube - good for a laugh

PostTue Oct 26, 2010 9:41 pm

Some one noticed that a woman walking by Graumann's Chinese Theater in 1928 appears to be talking on a cell phone. This YouTube clip, taken from a bonus feature on Chaplin's The Circus, has attracted 600,000 hits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6a4T2tJaSU&sns=em



You have to plough through a very long-winded introduction, but it is fun to watch the clip. The only possible explanation posited by the host is that the camera captured a time-traveling drag queen. Makes sense to me.

It looks to me like she is hiding her face with a clutch purse, although this link below shows a similarly proportioned hearing aid had already been on the market for several years. What do you think?

http://hearing.siemens.com/sg/10-about- ... ?year=1924

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PostWed Oct 27, 2010 9:32 pm

I agree with the clutch purse theory. Her talking I'm sure was muttering to the cameraman about not showing her face on camera. Even if it were a time traveler the fact that cell towers did not exist would make it slightly difficult for someone to use a cell phone in 1928.
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 12:31 am

Anyone who watches "Doctor Who" knows his time traveling helpers can
use their cell phones to call the future or the past. That must
explain it.

And, what's more, a recent Doctor Who comic book has him in 1920's
Hollywood hanging around with Charlie Chaplin - see

http://www.examiner.com/silent-movie-in ... ilent-film
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 4:38 am

Maybe someone could call her up and ask her to take a camcorder into screenings of a few selected films from back then for us?
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 5:16 am

Fascinating... what's the answer? Doctored film?
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 7:32 am

Now that I've watched a few time it's obviously Josephine Crowell out for a walk.
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 1:57 pm

This is the most popular news story on CNN right now! Click on the link for the video story...

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/10/28/charlie.chaplin.circus.time.travel/index.html?hpt=C2

(CNN) -- It's not shocking to see a woman talking on her cell phone while walking down the street. It is, however, shocking when the woman is an extra in a silent film from 1928.

Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" is getting internet buzz with a clip from the black-and-white comedy spreading at viral speed.

The clip -- a DVD extra spotted by filmmaker George Clarke -- appears to show a woman holding a mobile phone to her ear and talking.

The only explanation: She's a time traveler.

At least that's the word on the Web.

In the late 1920s, Chaplin was nominated for an Academy Award for acting, writing, directing and producing "The Circus," but he was taken out of the running and presented with a "Special Award" instead.

Perhaps the Academy didn't think it was fair to include him in the race -- what with the use of technology from the future and all.

We're just curious who operates her mobile network.
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 2:00 pm

In the late 1920s, Chaplin was nominated for an Academy Award for acting, writing, directing and producing "The Circus," but he was taken out of the running and presented with a "Special Award" instead.


Interesting. I thought they didn't have actual nominations in the first few years?
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 2:41 pm

:shock: Actually, it is no doubt a frustrated Silent film fan from our own not to distant future. Sneaking back into the time stream on a possible suicide mission to confiscate a pristine print of Lubitsch THE PATRIOT, Wellman's LEGION of THE CONDEMNED, Chaney's THE BIG CITY, or maybe Murnau's FOUR DEVIL'S? Assuming that the film made the return journey to his own century without bursting into flame, we should be finding the booty any time now! :wink: I can hardly wait!
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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 3:32 pm

It may well be Doctor Who dressed in drag. Further thoughts on the matter at

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PostThu Oct 28, 2010 4:22 pm

Interesting. I thought they didn't have actual nominations in the first few years?


Well, to quote Wikipedia, where I cleared this up the best I could:

In the first three years of the Academy Awards, individuals such as actors and directors were nominated as the best in their categories. At that time, all of their work during the qualifying period (as many as three films, in some cases) was listed after the award. However, during the 3rd Academy Awards ceremony (1930), only one of those films was cited in each winner's final award, even though each of the acting winners had had two films following their names on the ballots. For the 4th Academy Awards ceremony (1931), this unwieldy and confusing system was replaced by the current system in which an actor is nominated for a specific performance in a single film.


Actually, that's not entirely correct about the directors, where the first year they were tied to a specific film, but in the second year, all of their work was listed on the nomination but not the award. I think someone, trying to be helpful, added the directors, and in typical Wikipedia fashion made it less right than it was before...
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PostFri Oct 29, 2010 3:31 pm

Okay, this takes the cake as the stupidest hoax/controversy/ you name it. The woman is obviously shielding her face from the camera with her purse and either talking to the cameraman or the person in front of her, or even just rambling nonsensically to herself (the way you used to identify looneys on the street before cellphones turned everyone into a rambling looney). If this is a time traveller, then in the future, the healthy diet has completely failed, or indeed it has proven my belief that irish washerwomen are the true timelords.

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Re: Chaplin Time Travel on YouTube - good for a laugh

PostThu Mar 23, 2017 9:29 am

Another time travel ?

Philip Seymour Hoffman in a 1974 film:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Klans ... creenshots

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He didn't died, but just got back in time. :lol:
Keep thinking...

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Re: Chaplin Time Travel on YouTube - good for a laugh

PostThu Mar 23, 2017 1:47 pm

All Darc wrote:Another time travel ?

Philip Seymour Hoffman in a 1974 film:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Klans ... creenshots" target="_blank" target="_blank

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He didn't died, but just got back in time. :lol:


Looks like the Big Lebowski to me! :wink:
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Re: Chaplin Time Travel on YouTube - good for a laugh

PostSat Mar 25, 2017 8:04 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:
All Darc wrote:Another time travel ?

Philip Seymour Hoffman in a 1974 film:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Klans ... creenshots" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank

Image

He didn't died, but just got back in time. :lol:


Looks like the Big Lebowski to me! :wink:


I wouldn't have thought of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and David Huddleston as "Separated at Birth", but putting the hat on David does the trick!
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Re: Chaplin Time Travel on YouTube - good for a laugh

PostTue Mar 28, 2017 8:12 am

And as you know, both Hoffman and Huddleston are in The Big Lebowski ... reminds me of the double take I did when I finally saw Bad Company (1972).
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