‘A Jitney Elopement’ (Thumbnail image)

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Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the films made by Charlie Chaplin in Niles California.. This scene is from the 1915 comedy short ‘A Jitney Elopement’ filmed mostly in Golden Gate Park and along the Great Highway. Here, Charlie and his leading lady, Edna Purviance, are being chased south along the Great Highway while eloping, by Edna’s father and suitor, Count Chloride de Lime. Automobiles were, relatively new then, and Charlie, probably, wasn’t a very good driver anyway, so, naturally, he backs into their car!

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