Photo Essays
1. Exile’s Return
2. Chaplin’s Parents
3. Hannah Chaplin’s Femmes Fatales
4. Playing Dress-Up  In The Land of Make Believe
5. Teenage Girls and Fear of Aging
6. Chaplin’s Three Teenage Wives
7. Mildred Harris
8. Lita Grey
9. Oona O’Neill
10. Chaplin’s Father
11. A Royal Lion
12. Vesta Tilley as Bertie
13. Ella Shields as Bertie
14. Making A Living
15. The Lion Comique’s Son: Dressed Like A Bum
16. Monsieur Verdoux as a Lion Comique
17. Calvero as a Lion Comique
18. The Lion Comique’s Son in the Limelight
19. Charlie as a Child
20. The Kid’s Lucky Break
21. Syd Chaplin
22. A Family Album of Theatrical Drunks
23. Chaplin’s Family Romance
24. Edna Purviance
25. Purviance’s Influence on Chaplin’s Character
26. Essanay
27. Chaplinitis
28. Chaplin’s Predecessors
29. Eye Contact: Audience-Performer Intimacy
30. Chaplin the Auteur
31. Chaplin’s Two Autobiographies
32. Going It Alone
33. The Circus
34. Autobiographical Starvation Scenes From The Gold Rush
35. Autobiographical Madness Scenes in Modern Times
36. Two British Music Hall Traditions and Topical Comedy
37. The Great Dictator
38. Fatal Attraction: Joan Barry
39. Monsieur Verdoux: Guillotine or Hatchet Job?
40. Limelight
Chaplin: A Life In Film
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 The Circus

HRH The Prince  of Wales went by the nickname  “Bertie” and was one of the original sources of inspiration for the lion comique tradition.  While Charlie’s    mother aspired to a Lillie Langtry  life style, Charlie’s  father aspired to be a Bertie-like character  (onstage and off). Other famous lion comiques who also modeled themselves after the Prince of Wales  included Alfred Vance, George Leybourne and Arthur Lloyd.


George Leybourne was  occasionally   invited to give private performances for HRH The Prince of Wales. His theme song Champagne Charlie was  (as already mentioned) the most famous  drinking song of the lion comique era. :

Alfred Vance
had a casual but personal friendship with HRH The Prince of Wales

Arthur Lloyd
was the first of the lion comiques.
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