Chapter 9 Extras

He’s a Good Man to Have Around

"After You've Gone" is a popular song composed in 1918 by Turner Layton, with lyrics by Henry Creamer. Besides her overwhelming comedic talent, Sophie had a knack for picking sentimental love songs that could highlight her vocal abilities.

William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo) got their start in burlesque, but went on to be one of the most iconic comedy duos of the 1940s and early 1950s. The duo refined and reworked numerous burlesque sketches into comedy classics, with Abbott as the straight man and Costello as the buffoon. 

Bud and Lou made thirty-six films together between 1940 and 1956. Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. Beginning late in 1952, a filmed half-hour TV series, The Abbott and Costello Show, appeared in syndication on local stations across the United States. The simple plot lines were often merely an excuse to recreate old comedy routines and other familiar set pieces from their films and burlesque days. The Abbott and Costello Show ran two seasons, but found an even larger viewership in reruns from the late 1960s to the 1990s.

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin was a British comic actor, filmmaker, and worldwide icon of silent film. Raised in London, Chaplin's childhood was defined by poverty and hardship. He was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine; his father was absent, and his mother was committed to a mental asylum.

By 1908, Sydney, Charlie’s half-brother, had become a star of a prestigious London comedy company. He managed to secure a two-week trial for his younger brother. On his first night at the London Coliseum, winning more laughs in his small role than the star, he was quickly signed to a contract. Soon after, Chaplin was given the lead in a new sketch and he received considerable press attention.  Within months Charlie was off to America's Vaudeville circuit.

Eventually Chaplin was scouted by the film industry and made his first appearances in 1914. He soon developed the Tramp persona and formed a large fan base. By 1918, he was one of the most famous men in the world.

The video below is a small film scene compilation showing the comic genius of Charlie Chaplin.