When Legends Gather #496

Premier Chou En-lai and Charles Chaplin


R.H. said...

Charlie and Chou
Chou and Charlie
Laural and Hardy.

(Which one's the tramp?)

Kreisler said...

Read the account of Chaplin in 'Cheeta!' Puts you off him forever, makes Chou Enlai seem lovable.

laamish said...

I wonder when this was taken?

Tom Sutpen said...


I think it's been established beyond any doubt that Chaplin wasn't exactly a picnic to be around, even under the best of circumstances; though I've little doubt that notables he met (particularly with the press in attendance) saw the best side of him.


It's from 1954. Here's the original caption:

Expatriate movie comedian Charlie Chaplin (right) and Communist Chinese premier Chou En-Lai stand affably together at a party Chou hosted for some fifty guests at his luxurious lakeside villa near Geneva. The guests included Mrs. Chaplin, the former Oona O'Neill. Chaplin, on leaving, told reporters he had had "a lively conversation about nonpolitical matters" with Chou during dinner.

Sounds like a swingin' time, y'ask me.

laamish said...

Judging by CC's smile, the "...lively conversation about nonpolitical matters" was probably about Oona.
Thanks for the info; and for the record, great site!!!