Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and playwright Edward Knobloch (c. early 1920s)

Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin: “I had heard much about Douglas Fairbanks’ charm and ability, not only as a personality but as a brilliant after-dinner speaker. In those days I disliked brilliant young men – especially after-dinner speakers. However, a dinner was arranged at his house. Both Douglas and I told a story of that night….I made up my mind to feign a headache and leave early. Fairbanks said he was also nervous, & that when the doorbell rang he quickly descended into the basement, where there was a billiard table, and began playing pool. That night was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.”

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