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Charlie Chaplin movie featuring at Woody Point Pictures in 1930

Updated: Jun 10, 2023

Woody Point School Of Arts advert in the Humpybong weekly January 30th 1930:

In 1930, School Of Arts , a now heritage listed building at Woody Point, played a silent movie called 'The Baker'. It was an Australian release name for Dough and Dynamite , a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin.


The other movies featured were:

Winds of the Pampas is a 1927 American silent drama film directed by Arthur Varney and starring Ralph Cloninger, Harry Holden, and Vesey O'Davoren.

Don Rafael is the son of Argentinean rancher Don José, in a long feud with his brother, Don Escamillo, who yearly offers a "gift of hate." Don José sends his son to spy on the enemy, and he falls in love with his daughter, Mariquita.


Beware of Married Men is a 1928 American comedy film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Irene Rich, Clyde Cook and Audrey Ferris. It was produced and distributed by Warner Brothers with a Vitaphone track. The film is presumed lost save for a one reel [4th reel] fragment extant at UCLA Film and Television Archive.


9 months later in September 1930, the Talkies arrived in Redcliffe, playing in the Woody Point Memorial School Of Arts building:

The complete early history of the Woody Point Memorial School Of Arts can be found at the following link:https://www.redcliffebook.com/post/woody-point-school-of-arts-and-picture-show

 

In memory of Chaplin playing at Woody Point, the Vintage Tea Lounge in Redcliffe's Comino's Arcade, will feature 4 of Chaplins movies at their Friday Night Flicks on Friday June 9th 2023 at 7pm.

Including in the lineup will be the movie that played at Woody Point Pictures in 1930.


The movies will play on Friday the 9th June at 7pm:


The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his foundling baby, adopted son and sidekick. This was Chaplin's first full-length film as a director. It was a huge success and was the second-highest-grossing film in 1921. Now considered one of the greatest films of the silent era, in 2011 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.




City Lights is a 1931 American silent romantic comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers). Although sound films were on the rise when Chaplin started developing the script in 1928, he decided to continue working with silent productions. Filming started in December 1928 and ended in September 1930. City Lights marked the first time Chaplin composed the film score to one of his productions and it was written in six weeks with Arthur Johnston. The main theme, used as a leitmotif for the blind flower girl, is the song "La Violetera" ("Who'll Buy my Violets") from Spanish composer José Padilla. Chaplin lost a lawsuit to Padilla for not crediting him.

City Lights was immediately successful upon release on January 30, 1931, with positive reviews and worldwide rentals of more than $4 million. Today, many critics consider it not only the highest accomplishment of Chaplin's career, but one of the greatest films of all time. Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance believes "City Lights is not only Charles Chaplin's masterpiece; it is an act of defiance" as it premiered four years into the era of sound films which began with the premiere of The Jazz Singer (1927). In 1991, the Library of Congress selected City Lights for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it 11th on its list of the best American films ever made. In 1949, the critic James Agee called the film's final scene "the greatest single piece of acting ever committed to celluloid".


Dough and Dynamite is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin.

The story involves Chaplin and Chester Conklin working as waiters at a restaurant. Charlie is especially inept and his comic carelessness enrages the customers. The workers in the restaurant's bakery go on strike for more pay, but are fired by the unsympathetic proprietor. Charlie is put to work in the bakery where his lack of skills upsets his boss and co-worker Chester Conklin. Meanwhile, the vengeful strikers have arranged to smuggle a loaf of bread concealing a stick of dynamite into the bakery. During a free-for-all involving Charlie, Chester, and their boss, the dynamite dramatically explodes. At the end of the film, Charlie emerges groggily from a pile of sticky dough.


Modern Times is a 1936 American part-talkie satirical romantic black comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character, his last performance as the character, struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The movie stars Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford and Chester Conklin.

Modern Times has won many awards and honours. It was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2003, it was screened "out of competition" at the Cannes Film Festival.


 

We also have on display in our vintage shop in the Comino's Arcade, a recently converted original Charlie Chaplin 8mm film from a 2 minute Peak Productions reel called "Oh What A Night" from "The Rounders" Chaplin 1914 film.

We offer a VHS and super 8 film to digital USB service for local customers who can bring the films into shop 12a in the Comino's Arcade . 133 Redcliffe Parade.






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