Whaaa? 1928 Charlie Chaplin film has a cell phone in it

10.25.10 7 years ago 35 Comments

Roger Ebert recently posted on his blog this video, which shows an Irish guy doing a break down of footage from the 1928 Charlie Chaplin film The Circus, which seems to show an extra walking by talking on a mobile phone.  This seems a paradox, as of course most people couldn’t afford cell phones in 1928, because of the depression.  See, people wore onions around their belts then, as that was the style at the time, but onions were expensive because of rationing, which left cell phones out of price for nearly everyone, except of course former president Taft.  Anyway, almost as impressive as the footage is the fact that the guy doing the breakdown is perhaps the most long-winded man in history.  He just. Won’t. Shut. Up. I cut off the two and a half minutes at the beginning where he yammers on about nothing, and there’s still a solid five minutes after he shows the footage of him talking about the same thing over and over and over and over again.

My theory on the video is that it’s a homeless dude talking to himself. The black thing is just the shadow of his hand. I’m happy to live in a neighborhood with lots of crazy hobos, and they’re always talking into imaginary phones. And this predates cell phones. The only thing Blue Tooth headsets did was make it harder to tell the non-schizophrenics apart.

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