The Cinema Museum, London

Chaplinoia Event with author Chris England

Thu 10 May 2018 @ 18:30 · Events

Chaplinoia coverOld Street Publishing invites you to a talk and screening to celebrate the publication of Chris England’s new book Chaplinoia.

1917. As war rages in Europe, the F.B.I. are hunting the killer of Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin’s career has criss-crossed with the rise of film to make him the first global star. Chaplin-fever rages: Charlie dolls, lookalike contests, even the tramps are copying the look immortalised in ‘The Tramp’. There are Chaplins everywhere.

English comedian Arthur Dandoe is on the run, sick with his own kind of Chaplin-fever. His bitter rivalry with Chaplin, stretching back to their early days in music hall, has spun out of control. It’s lost him his career, his family, now it could lose him his life. Luckily for Arthur, there’s a war to hide in. With East and West Coast studios slugging it out, the early days of the flickers are a dirty battleground, where bribing, spying, and outright fakery forge the careers of many a later legend.

But how long can Arthur hide? Especially with the FBI after him, offering a deal that goes against everything he ever stood for. Chaplinoia is a tale where history and mystery collide against a backdrop of bogus cowboys, fake news and killer ostriches. And it’s all true. Almost.

Chris will talk about the book, and Chaplin’s music hall experiences, illustrating this with extracts from early Chaplin films A Film Johnnie (1914), A Night in the Show (1915) and The Rink (1916).

Doors open at 17.30, for a 18.30 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.

Tickets & Pricing

Free admission. Places are limited, so please RSVP to
A Night in the Show