Charlie Was My Co-Pilot

by Gary Meyer Robert Youngston’s When Comedy Was King  (1960) played the Uptown Theatre in Napa and featured the antics of Charlie Chaplin, among others.  I didn’t know one could laugh so hard.  That’s when I realized there was a history to the movies.  Starved for more, I couldn’t believe my pre-teen eyes when Silents […]


By Gary Meyer “We presented your picture entitled The Rink, featuring Charles Chaplin last night. Persistent laughter and shouting on the part of the audience brought down most of the house… We have been showing pictures many years without loss of life or damage to property. The Rink has proved a menace to real estate […]

Charlie Chaplin Days

By Gary Meyer The pure joy audiences experienced last weekend at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be extended this weekend in the small East Bay town of Niles where the annual Charlie Chaplin Days will take place all day Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7 with film screenings, art exhibits, contests and a Chaplin […]

You Can Be A Chaplin This Weekend

by Gary Meyer Last weekend the San Francisco Silent Film Festival filled the Castro Theatre with many programs of dramas, adventures and comedies.  The comedies—featuring Buster Keaton, Max Linder, Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin—had the audiences laughing long and loud.