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The Extraordinary Tale of...

Two men hoped to get rich by stealing the body of a movie legend, but they should have known you can’t beg money from a Tramp…

1978 CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S KIDNAPPED COFFIN FOUND AFTER 11 WEEKS

THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF…

How Charlie Chaplin was held for ransom, posthumously

Charlie Chaplin knew (understatement alert) how to entertain, and exactly what it took to make people laugh. The British actor/ director’s career amusing audiences spanned eight decades – beginning before he was ten years old when he joined a clogdancing act in 1897.

From the vaudeville stage, via a popular spell in pantomime, Chaplin eased into silent film in his 20s. It was during only his second appearance in front of the camera that he introduced his now-immortal cinematic character the Tramp, a creation that left moving-picture patrons gasping for breath during dozens of his two-reeler movies.

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