Did William Desmond Taylor direct Chaplin?

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Did William Desmond Taylor direct Chaplin?

PostSat Nov 04, 2017 5:10 am

Did William Desmond Taylor direct Chaplin?

Sounds crazy, but I came across this clipping in the 1921 Los Angeles Herald, and don't know what to make of it. Is it publicity hokum (fake news)? If true, was the short film made around 1918 when William Desmond Taylor was director for Mary Pickford, possibly to promote the war effort in the British colonies in the Pacific and Australia? Or was it a short film to promote United Artists? (Which seems unlikely, since Taylor was under contract to FP-L.) Does anyone have any ideas what this film is or could be, if real?

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Re: Did William Desmond Taylor direct Chaplin?

PostMon Nov 06, 2017 4:00 pm

Searching the Australasian sources, I can find no mention of a possible candidate. An Australasian exclusive would surely have received heavy publicity, and yet I can see no trace. United Artists did not enter the Australian market until March 1922, which makes the possibility of a promo for that company unlikely, and I have not come across any details of any promotions for the war effort. Perhaps this one will have to be chalked up to 'fake news'.

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