Limelight (1952 film)

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Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, based on a novella by Chaplin entitled Footlights.wikipedia
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Charlie Chaplin

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Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, based on a novella by Chaplin entitled Footlights.
He abandoned the Tramp in his later films, which include Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Limelight (1952), A King in New York (1957), and A Countess from Hong Kong (1967).

Claire Bloom

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The film stars Chaplin as a washed-up comedian who saves a suicidal dancer, played by Claire Bloom, from killing herself, and both try to get through life; additional roles are provided by Nigel Bruce, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Wheeler Dryden, and Norman Lloyd, with an appearance from Buster Keaton.
In 1952, Bloom was discovered by Hollywood film star Charlie Chaplin to co-star alongside him in Limelight.

Sydney Chaplin (American actor)

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The film stars Chaplin as a washed-up comedian who saves a suicidal dancer, played by Claire Bloom, from killing herself, and both try to get through life; additional roles are provided by Nigel Bruce, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Wheeler Dryden, and Norman Lloyd, with an appearance from Buster Keaton.
One of his major roles was his father's film Limelight (1952).

45th Academy Awards

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This allowed the decades-old film to be in contention for the 45th Academy Awards where Chaplin won his only competitive Oscar. In 1973, over 20 years after the film's first release, Chaplin and his musical collaborators Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell were awarded an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score.
The ceremony was marked by Marlon Brando's boycott of the Oscars and his sending of Sacheen Littlefeather to explain why he would not show up to collect his Best Actor award for The Godfather, and by Charlie Chaplin's only competitive Oscar win for Best Original Dramatic Score for his 20-year-old film Limelight, which was eligible because it did not screen in Los Angeles until 1972.

Norman Lloyd

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The film stars Chaplin as a washed-up comedian who saves a suicidal dancer, played by Claire Bloom, from killing herself, and both try to get through life; additional roles are provided by Nigel Bruce, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Wheeler Dryden, and Norman Lloyd, with an appearance from Buster Keaton.
As an actor, he has appeared in over 60 films and television shows, with his roles including Bodalink in Limelight, Mr. Nolan in Dead Poets Society and Mr. Letterblair in The Age of Innocence.

Marjorie Bennett

In 1952, she appeared as Charlie Chaplin's landlady in the film Limelight and later had guest roles on The Great Gildersleeve, Four Star Playhouse, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, I Love Lucy, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, and December Bride.

Buster Keaton

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The film stars Chaplin as a washed-up comedian who saves a suicidal dancer, played by Claire Bloom, from killing herself, and both try to get through life; additional roles are provided by Nigel Bruce, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Wheeler Dryden, and Norman Lloyd, with an appearance from Buster Keaton.
Keaton also appeared in a comedy routine about two inept stage musicians in Charlie Chaplin's Limelight (released in 1952), recalling the vaudeville of The Playhouse.

Cyril Delevanti

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From the 1940s, he appeared in many small roles, frequently uncredited, in such films as Phantom of the Opera (1943), Confidential Agent (1945), Deception (1946), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Forever Amber (1947), David and Bathsheba (1951), Limelight (1952), Les Girls (1957), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Mary Poppins (1964).

Melissa Hayden (dancer)

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In dance scenes, Bloom is doubled by Melissa Hayden.
In 1952 she performed as the dance double for Claire Bloom in the film Limelight.

Wheeler Dryden

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The film stars Chaplin as a washed-up comedian who saves a suicidal dancer, played by Claire Bloom, from killing herself, and both try to get through life; additional roles are provided by Nigel Bruce, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Wheeler Dryden, and Norman Lloyd, with an appearance from Buster Keaton.
He also appears in the supporting roles of a doctor and a clown in Chaplin's last American film, Limelight (1952).

Charles Chaplin Jr.

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Chaplin acted in 13 films, appearing with his father in Limelight (1952).

Nigel Bruce

The film stars Chaplin as a washed-up comedian who saves a suicidal dancer, played by Claire Bloom, from killing herself, and both try to get through life; additional roles are provided by Nigel Bruce, Sydney Earl Chaplin, Wheeler Dryden, and Norman Lloyd, with an appearance from Buster Keaton.

Eternally (Charles Chaplin song)

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The theme to the film, titled "Terry's Theme" (written by Chaplin), became a popular and often-covered song as "Eternally", with words by Geoff Parsons and John Turner.
The music was initially composed for Chaplin's film Limelight (1952) and titled "Terry's Theme"; the film won an Oscar for "Best Original Dramatic Score" at the

Oona O'Neill

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She also acted as a stand-in for lead actress Claire Bloom in Limelight (1952), when a scene had to be reshot after filming had wrapped, and Bloom was already working on another project.

André Eglevsky

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In 1952, he appeared in Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight.

Karl Struss

While he mostly worked on films, such as F. W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator and Limelight, he was also one of the cinematographers for the television series Broken Arrow and photographed 19 episodes of My Friend Flicka.

Geoffrey Parsons (lyricist)

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The theme to the film, titled "Terry's Theme" (written by Chaplin), became a popular and often-covered song as "Eternally", with words by Geoff Parsons and John Turner.

Music hall

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By all accounts he was very happy and energized during production, a fact often attributed to the joy of recreating his early career in the Music Hall.

Raymond Rasch

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In 1973, over 20 years after the film's first release, Chaplin and his musical collaborators Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell were awarded an Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score.
He won a posthumous Oscar in 1972 for Best Original Music Score for Chaplin's 1952 film Limelight (along with Charlie Chaplin and Larry Russell).

Robert Aldrich

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During these assignments, which spanned nine years, Aldrich gained both practical and aesthetic fundamentals of filmmaking: “set location and atmosphere” (Jean Renoir, The Southerner, 1945), the “techniques of pre-planning a shot” (Lewis Milestone's The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, 1946), “action scenes” (William A. Wellman's The Story of G.I. Joe, 1946), the “importance of communication with actors” (Joseph Losey's The Prowler, 1951) and “establishing visual empathy between camera and audience” (Charlie Chaplin's Limelight, 1952).