Charlie Chaplin (1951)

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cc 292 that he was a believer in no system of politics, had never voted, and was a member of no political party; that his ideology consisted of a defense of "the little man—his right to have a roof over his head and to work and raise a family." This interview with seventy-four reporters and photographers, was recorded and later broadcast. As Variety reported: 'Tress 'wolves' yap at Chaplin's politics, but get little of his hide." Hollywood and theatrical people have long felt that Chaplin's interest in "isms" is a pose to be classed with his once-publicized desire to play Hamlet. To a friend Chaplin said, not long ago, that he subscribed to no "ism," that if he could be labeled at all it would be as a "social anarchist." Chaplin's understanding of and love for the type of un- derdog he portrays on the screen and for humanity in general is obvious from his many motion pictures. He himself wrote: "I find unsuccessful people much more likable and interesting. They haven't lost something hu- man and impulsive and warm, especially if they have al- ways been poor and unsuccessful. ..." On another occasion he said: "I've known humiliation. And humiliation is a thing you never forget. Poverty— the degradation and helplessness of it! I can't feel myself any different, at heart, from the unhappy and defeated men, the failures." An individualistic and even anarchistic personality, Chaplin has shown his resistance to regimentation, be- ginning with the type practiced in Hollywood itself.