Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bertram W. Mills Circus 1925-26 #5

"The Andreus and the Rivels trio are of the same family.The Andreus are acrobats, the Rivels present what is known as the Charlie Chaplin trapeze act, which was the laughing hit of Bertram W. Mills 1924-25 season.
The Charlie Chaplin act just happened by chance. Charlie Rivels saw a Chaplin picture and the same night, without a word to anyone, made himself up as the screen star, much to the annoyance of the family. However he stuck to his idea and devoted all his time to perfecting the impersonation.
Eventually, in Madrid, his efforts were crowned with success and for months he was "The subject of all the Town's talk."