Jim Russell's Charlie Chaplin (And A Couple Of Nazis)

Smith's Weekly, 25 April, 1932
If I have to tell you who Jim Russell was then it's like you don't know me at all.  Again, from the late, lamented Smith's Weekly, via Trove, comes this brilliant study of Charlie Chaplin, drawn to commemorate the release of the film Modern Times.

It's very odd now, looking back to the late-1930s, to think that Chaplin was considered a communist and an enemy of America. This was due, in part, to the themes that Chaplin was exploring in his films Modern Times, and The Great Dictator, and also because he was very publicly advocating assistance to the Russians in their fight against Germany in WWII. But then, in the 1930s, and through to the 1940s, many prominent, famous and (later) legendary Americans, true, red white and blue blooded flag waving Americans, such as Charles Lindbergh and Henry Ford, were out and out Nazis who were advocating the entry of America into WWII - but on Hitler's side.

Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from a couple of Nazis in 1938. Ford loved the Nazis and, gee, did he hate Jews!!

Charles Lindbergh received his Commander Cross of the Order of the German Eagle from none other than Hermann Göring in 1936
Not that people like being reminded of that now. After WWII, the attacks on Chaplin continued to the point where he was effectively barred from America, while Ford, Lindbergh and Co continued to be hailed as heroes.

I don't know about you, but that's always given me pause for thought.

Anyway, enough of that. Check out the amazing artwork from Jim (brother of Dan) Russell. There's more golden gems to be discovered in the pages of Smiths Weekly, and I, for one, will be digging and digging deeply over the coming years. As I find interesting bits like this, I'll be more than happy to share them.

Good on ya Lindy. Heil Hitler like a good little Nazi, but Charlie Chaplin was the true enemy, wasn't he?

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