A Retitled Version of the Original Chase Me Charlie
Chaplin's Art Of Comedy is a re release of the original 1918 Essanay compilation film, Chase Me Charlie. It has been issued and reissued over the decades by various companies. The 1932 release included a score by radio composer Elias Breeskin and narration by Teddy Bergman who later changed his name to Alan Reed and would gain fame as the original voice of Fred Flintstone. The verbal puns are strange as it tries to add laughs to what Chaplin is doing on the screen and often distract rather than enhance. The Breeskin music is wonderful and was issued on LP in the sixties.
For the release of Chaplin's Art Of Comedy, the Breeskin score remained but a new narrative was written as well as a brief prologue showing stills and footage of Hollywood from the early years of the motion picture industry to the 1960's. It's the same old film in a new package. For more information, please see my entry for Chase Me Charlie.
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