The release of Chaplin’s 1952 film Limelight was marred by idiotic U.S. re-entry permit debacle. It was an era of uncertainty as the complete lunatic J. Edgar Hoover performed the role of the Great Dictator in the toxic McCarthy era and Chaplin was accused of “communist sympathies”. ~He’d previously been “accused” of being Jewish, to which he replied that wasn’t a privilege he enjoyed…..
In 1953 when he went to London for the premiere of his film Limelight in London, the FBI asked MI5 to monitor to “help get him banned from the US.” Already nervous and aware of the wave of stupidity in the US , Chaplin hadn’t dared leave the US to shoot the scenes for Limelight (set in London) on London’ Embankment – which had to be achieved using back projection screens.
However by the time the film was due to premiere, he used the launch as an excuse to tour Europe, knowing what fate was in store as things grew increasingly toxic in the US.
Lot : A Page for a scrapbook : approx 37cm x28cm : with “Best wishes Charlie Chaplin” signature in photo photo mounts – not stuck down. Newspaper clipping from the London Premiere. + Charles Chaplin Limelight envelope addressed to Daisy Jennings dated 29th October 1952 (Limelight was released 16th & 23rd in US)