February 17, 2012

Is It Charlie Obama Or Barak Chaplin?

From the UK Telegraph we get this bit of fluff:

MI5 investigated whether Charlie Chaplin was actually a Frenchman called Israel Thornstein, previously secret files on the Hollywood film star have revealed.

Intelligence officers could find no trace of the actor's birth in Britain despite Chaplin always claiming he was born in London in 1889.

The mystery surrounding his origins emerged when the US authorities asked MI5 to look into the comic actor's background after he left America in 1952 under a cloud of suspicion over his communist links.

But British officers could find no birth certificate and the earliest official record was a passport issued in 1920.
They never looked in Hawaii, did they?
They investigated suggestions he was born in Fontainebleau, near Paris, or nearby Melun, while the Americans claimed his real name was Israel Thornstein and raised the idea he may have been a Russian Jew.

Despite extensive searches, MI5 could find no evidence of any of the claims leaving his true origins a mystery to this day.
Born in Kenya? Do I hear Kenya? Anyone for Kenya? Is Paris near Kenya?
The star said he was born on April 16 1889 in East Street, Walworth, south London – just four days before the birth of Adolf Hitler, whom he lampooned in his classic 1940 film The Great Dictator.

But after scouring the files at Somerset House in London for his birth certificate, MI5 concluded: "It would seem that Chaplin was either not born in this country or that his name at birth was other than those mentioned."
Chaplin had a strong socialist leaning and was accused of donating money to communist front organizations. Thank the Lord that, being as popular was he was but foreign born, Charlie was not eligible to run for President.
Wait a minute.
Scotland Yard's Special Branch added to the intrigue by passing on a tip from a source who claimed the actor was born near Fontainebleau, just south of Paris.

The police memo said: "There may or may not be some truth in this, but in view of the fact that no documentary proof has been obtained that Chaplin was born in the United Kingdom, it may well be that he was in fact born in France."

One possible answer to the mystery emerged last year when Chaplin’s family found a letter in a locked drawer suggesting he had been [...] born on a gipsy camp in Smethwick, near Birmingham.

I wonder if MI5 has dossiers on other "celebrities?"


Kid said...

Sig, Interesting and now that you mention it, I'll bet all sorts of agencies have Extensive Dossiers on This barry POS

sig94 said...

Kid - Look at what the FBI had on all kinds of people. Remember when the Clintons pulled all those files on Republicans in FileGate?

"This Clinton scandal involves the discovery of over 900 Republican FBI files in the White House. Files of former Secretary of State James Baker, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, and Newt Gingrich's spokesman Tony Blankley were found to be on this list. Upon the discovery of these files, the White House issued an excuse claiming that the files were mistakenly requested by a White House employee working with an outdated list. They were called a simple "snafu." Investigations into Filegate revealed that not a common White House worker but the President's friend and close advisor, Anthony Marceca, had requested the files. When the presidency starts illegally compiling an enemies list it is a sure sign he is not fit to serve office and that, just maybe, a crime has been committed."

Kid said...

Certainly agree with the analysis, and that kind of crap is watergate times 50. Where area all the bob woodward adoring liberals on this stuff?

oblabber? watergate times a Googleplex !

Good Lord.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I knew it all along. Charlie had a son in Kenya.