Virginia Cherrill

CITY LIGHTS - January 30, 1931

Oh my heart..this is when the tramp realizes that the flower girl is blind, he is mesmerized by her beauty, she is treating him with kindness where as a tramp most people disregard him.

Charlie Chaplin shot the scene where the tramp and the blind girl meet 342 times, as he could not find a satisfactory way of showing that the blind girl believes  the tramp wealthy.


Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill, City Lights (1931)

Attending a Los Angeles prize fight in 1928, near-sighted Virginia Cherrill didn’t recognize the man sitting next to her as one of the most famous in the world. Chaplin, struck by her photogenic good looks, offered the inexperienced Illinois farm girl the romantic lead in the project he was developing without a screen test.

It took a grueling two years to complete City Lights; at one point, Chaplin even fired his leading lady.

Friends thought he was insane filming a silent in the age of talkies, but it proved to be a monster hit and is genuinely regarded as his finest work.