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125 years of Charlie Chaplin: These are 10, full length Chaplin movies on YouTube you need to watch to celebrate his genius

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Last Updated: April 16, 2014, 12:26 IST

125 years of Charlie Chaplin: These are 10, full length Chaplin movies on YouTube you need to watch to celebrate his genius

He was a box office sensation in movies such as 'The Gold Rush,' 'City Lights' and 'The Kid.'

They foiled plots and cracked Nazi codes, but Britain's spies were unable to solve the mystery of Charlie Chaplin's birth. Although the entertainer is celebrated as one of London's most famous sons, declassified files reveal that Britain's MI5 domestic intelligence service found no records to back up Chaplin's claim that he was born in the city on April 16, 1889. Chaplin's life is a Dickensian rags-to-riches story.

Raised in London in a family of music-hall entertainers, he moved to the United States in 1910 and became one of Hollywood's first megastars with his shabby, bowler-hatted everyman persona, the Little Tramp.

He was a box office sensation in movies such as 'The Gold Rush,' 'City Lights' and 'The Kid,' but his left-wing friends and activities alarmed the FBI, which began tracking the actor in the early 1920s. He was married four times, twice to 16-year-old girls. He eventually became Sir Charles Chaplin in March 1975, two years before his death at age 88. Here are 10, full length Chaplin movies available on YouTube you need to watch to celebrate 125 years of the master. (Inputs from AP)

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first published:April 16, 2014, 12:26 IST
last updated:April 16, 2014, 12:26 IST