The Tramp and the Dictator | 2001
Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler had more in common than a small moustache; both men were born in April 1889 and they both endured a tough childhood. Both men became artists. Just few years before Chaplin shot to fame as "The Tramp", Hitler had actually been down and out in Vienna- until he found refuge at a home for men supported by a Jewish charitable organization. The Nazis mistakenly believed Chaplin to be Jewish. In the 1934 anti-Semitic propaganda leaflet, Chaplin is described as a "disgusting Jewish acrobat". Chaplin knew about the pamphlet; his good friend Ivor Montagu believes it prompted Chaplin to make "The Great Dictator" (USA/1940). The film was to be Chaplin's first sound film; it proved to be something of a struggle to make, because Chaplin found himself up against a certain amount of resistance within the Jewish community. However, "The Great Dictator" ended up making twice as much as Chaplin's other films. But- did Hitler ever see it?