Edna Purviance's bio

Currently working on Edna Purviance's family biography. Draft is done. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dan Leno, one of Charlie Chaplin's favorites

During Charlie Chaplin's youth and stage career days in England, British stage star Dan Leno was one of Charlie Chaplin's heroes. Leno being a top performer of his day, inspired many young performers who took elements of his style to the silver screen. Leno's career didn't make it into silent films, but he can be seen some of the earliest forms of moving pictures.

This very rare Mutoscope was saved by the Leno family members and put together for The Dan Leno Project. It's an unique chance to see Leno in action in a simple 'film' called Dessert at Dan Leno's House. There is hope more such 'films' can be found and saved.