Friday, 13 December 2013

Those Radio Times Advent Calendar: The Chaplin Revue

Charlie Chaplin fans had something to get excited about in 1972 when BBC1 ran a season of full-length films beginning in the Christmas season featuring the great silent film star.

The series commenced with a TV first. The Chaplin Revue featured  two shorts Shoulder Arms (1918) and The Pilgrim (1922), both of which were well over 50 years old when the BBC acquired the rights to show them.

Charlie Chaplin, like Laurel and Hardy was a popular TV filler well into the 1980s with regular showings of short films, either usually on weekends or over holidays, despite the age of colour television!

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