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Charles Chaplin Studio

Charles Chaplin and His Studio

Keystone Film Company

Charles Chaplin’s first exposure to the motion picture industry was when he accepted the  Keystone Film Company’s offer by the large salary: $150 weekly for three months raised to $175 weekly for the rest of the year; which was more than double his Karno salary of $75 a week. In September 1913 he signed his first film contract for a period of one year with the Keystone Film Company, beginning December 13, 1913. After completing over thirty-five films for Keystone of various lengths—split reels, one-reelers, and two-reelers, plus the feature film Tillie’s Punctured Romance—Chaplin emerged triumphant from his first experience in motion pictures. After the expiration of his one-year contract with the...