The Thousand Gears Named Chaplin & Charlot Mecanique


This is a very special post which I was asked to publish as part of the Charlie Chaplin Blogathon which Christina Wehner and I have been hosting over the weekend. Both of the articles were written by an enthusiastic young fan of Chaplin who approaches Chaplin’s art from a literary point of view. If you scroll down you can read a short extract from his play whose exciting plot focuses on the most important events of Chaplin’s life.

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Announcing the Charlie Chaplin Blogathon – Celebrating The Little Tramp


Calling out all bloggers who have already applied! Please don’t forget to read through the following new segment of our announcement:

Because of copyright issues we kindly ask you to paste the following text somewhere in your blog post if you’re including any images of Chaplin: “All images from Chaplin films made from 1918 onwards, Copyright © Roy Export S.A.S. Charles Chaplin and the Little Tramp are trademarks and/or service marks of Bubbles Inc. S.A. and/or Roy Export”

We would like to turn your attention towards the authorized picture database and YouTube channel of the Chaplin Office where you can access a huge amount of Chaplin-related material. If you’re in need of something you can’t find at any of these addresses, you’re always welcome to contact the Chaplin Office via Facebook or per e-mail.

On top of that, they have offered to post the entries they find outstanding on their own blog at the official Charlie Chaplin website.

Little Bits of Classics

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, also known as Charlie or The Little Tramp, was born 129 years ago, on the 16th of April, 1889. Seeing this as an opportunity to celebrate together, Christina Wehner and I have decided to host a blogathon in his honour between the 14th and 16th of April.

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Five Stars – The Favourites of My Favourites


The following classic movie actors have a special place in my heart because of their ability to make me feel good whenever they appear on the screen. As the national classic movie day has arrived again, I decided to to pay them back some of the happy moments they caused me by listing the things that used to make them happy. Prepare yourselves for some interesting facts about my all-time favourite movie stars!

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My Visit at Chaplin’s World – an Account of the Newly Opened Swiss Museum


It’s taken me quite some time to finally come around writing this post. Lots of things happened since my visit to Chaplin’s World but it was an experience hard to forget. This newly opened museum is a unique place for every Chaplin fan which we all want to visit some day. I was lucky enough to spend a day in Vevey this July. What I saw, amazed me greatly and I came home with lovely memories that I’m happy to share – even if I’m half a year late!

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The Best Possible All-Star Cast of the Orient Express Back In 1956


Creating the perfect cast for a movie version of Agatha Christie’s eternal classic, Murder on the Orient Express, is quite a current topic, since Kenneth Branagh is busy assembling his cast for his 2017 release. But what would the perfect cast have looked like if the movie had first been made in 1956? If I had been responsible for choosing the actors, the following poster would have been displayed in front of the cinemas!

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The Costume of the Little Tramp – a Moment of Inspiration or a Huge Theft?


Almost all of the iconic costumes in cinema history came to life after a long period of planning and perfecting by the most famous costume designers ever. The Little Tramp, according to Chaplin at least, was brought to life quite differently. It all happened in a lonely dressing room, just a couple of minutes before he was needed on the stage. Is it possibly true that one of the most important figures of the movies was born without a moment of planning? Or was Chaplin borrowing elements from fellow comedians and forgot to mention it in his autobiography some 50 years later? Let’s see if we can find out the truth!

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‘And Then There Was No More’ – the Final Day of The Agatha Christie Blogathon Is Here


It’s hard to believe but we have reached the last day of The Agatha Christie Blogathon which we’ve been hosting with Christina in the past three days. We’re truly happy about all the participants’ wonderful entries and want to thank you all for joining the celebration! But there’s still some fun left for today!


We’ve explored everything connected to Agatha Christie’s two most famous sleuths, Poirot and Miss Marple respectively, but what about those books, plays or films which feature none of them? We’re also very much interested in the life of the Queen of Crime. That’s why we’ve asked you to write about these things for the last day of our blogathon! Quite some posts have already arrived, but I’m going to add new ones throughout the whole day! Let the blogathon go on!


Agatha Christie Blogathon – Day 3

Works without ‘the big duo’

‘You shouldn’t shoot people. I daresay some of them richly deserve it – but all the same, it will lead to trouble.’


‘A figure invisible except when he chose, not quite human, yet concerned with the affairs of human beings and particularly of lovers.’



‘Are you happy? If not, consult Mr Parker Pyne…’


‘The person in question is just the last person anyone would suspect. And so long as no one suspects you…murder is easy!’

Silver Scenes — MURDER IS EASY (1982)

‘One little Indian boy left all alone; he went out and hanged himself and then there were none!’

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies — AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (1945)

‘People are brought into murder from different parts of the globe and for unforeseen reasons. The murder itself is the end of the story. It’s Zero Hour.’


‘People like it, but who can say why?’ when asked why The Mousetrap had been so successful

Serendipitous AnachronismsTHE MOUSETRAP (PLAY)

‘The question is whether you were lying then or are you lying now… or whether in fact you are a chronic and habitual LIAR!’


‘Oh dear, I never realized what a terrible lot of explaining one has to do in a murder!’

A Shroud of ThoughtsSPIDER’S WEB (PLAY)

Biography of the ‘Queen of Crime’

‘I like living. I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.’


‘I know nothing about pistols and revolvers, which is why I usually kill off my characters with a blunt instrument or better with poisons.’


If you’re interested in previous posts, as well, you can easily check them out here. Both of the recaps keep being updated, so it’s worth having a look at them:


God Save the ‘Queen of Crime’ – the Agatha Christie Blogathon Is Here!


I know very few people who are not fond of good old English mysteries, the point of which are neither blood nor agression but the intriguing question of ‘whodunit’. Since my very favourite writer of the genre, Agatha Christie, was born 126 years ago yesterday, Christina and I have decided to host a blogathon in her honour. We’re grateful to all the bloggers who joined us to celebrate!

Agatha Christie

Today all our participants are going to concentrate on her most famous character, everyone’s favourite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. I’m going to add posts that feature him to today’s recap throughout the whole event!


As a matter of fact, we haven’t suggested you anything. You were free to write about books with Poirot investigating in them, episodes of the marvelous series featuring David Suchet and even movie or theatrical adaptations. As a result, I’m sure today’s roaster will be huge fun to read! We can hardly wait for your entries! Let the blogathon begin!


Agatha Christie Blogathon – Day 1

‘Ladies and gentlemen, you are all aware that a repulsive murderer has himself been repulsively, and, perhaps deservedly, murdered.’

Musings of a Classic Film AddictMURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974)

‘Poirot took her gently by the arm and drew her along the deck, still in the direction of the stern. The Nile flowed away behind them.’

M. C. Dulac — DEATH ON THE NILE 1937 & 1978

Critica Retro — DEATH ON THE NILE (1978)

‘It is peaceful.’ agreed Hercule Poirot. ‘The sun shines. The sea is blue. But you forget, there is evil everywhere under the sun.’


‘It is a profound belief of mine that if you can induce a person to talk to you for long enough, on any subject whatever, sooner or later they will give themselves away.’

Ah Sweet Mystery BlogAFTER THE FUNERAL

‘Ah, Hastings, my dear friend. They were good days. Yes… they have been good days.’

The Dream Book Blog — CURTAIN: POIROT’S LAST CASE (2013)

(Have a look at the original announcement here!)

You can find tomorrow’s recap on Christina’s site. Prepare yourself for everything Miss Marple!

Reminder: The Agatha Christie Blogathon is coming up next week!


You can still join the fun! We can’t wait to celebrate 🙂

Christina Wehner

AgathaChristieJust a reminder that next week the Agatha Christie Blogathon begins: Friday the 16th through Sunday the 18th! Domi from Little Bits of Classics and I are really looking forward to reading everyone’s entries.

There is still plenty of time to sign up if you want to participate. We are celebrating all things related to Agatha Christie – her novels, her life, her characters. More information can be found on the original announcement, here.

So please join us in celebration of Agatha Christie’s 126th birthday (September 15th). May her reign as the Queen of Crime continue! 🙂

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