Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp, the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. Born on April 16, 1889, in London, England, Chaplin worked with a children’s dance troupe before making his mark on the big screen. He died in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland, on December 25, 1977.
Robert Florey was a French-American director, screenwriter, film journalist, and occasional actor. Born in Paris, and at first a film journalist, Florey moved to the United States in 1921. As a director, Florey’s most productive decades were the 1930s and 1940s, working on relatively low-budget fillers for Paramount and Warner Brothers. He was also associate director to Charlie Chaplin on Chaplin’s film Monsieur Verdoux (1947).