Personal Chaplin Collection On Loan To Library

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Gerry Mandel is a little taken by the Little Tramp. Mandel has been collecting Charlie Chaplin memorabilia for most of his life. Just ask his wife.

"Forty-seven years I have lived with Charlie in my house." said Mary Lee Mandel.

Now Mandel is adding his Chaplin collection to the St. Louis County Library's collection during the month of August. He and other enthusiasts gushed about the man behind The Gold Rush, City Lights and Modern Times.

"Chaplin used his own money, his own studios, his own actors and actresses and he would take years to make a film so it had to be perfect.  Chaplin realized after one year with Max Sennet that he wanted to direct and totatlly control his film and he did that for the rest of his life." said Chaplin fan Joe Delmore.

Chaplin's success was because of silent films.  Audiences all over the world could relate to him thought they might have spoken different dialects, his was a language of comedy that they all understood.

Thirty five years after the star's death Mandel managed to put his own perspective on the artists career, writing a book "Shadow And Substance: My Time With Charlie Chaplin."

"It's the individual. It's the little guy that isn't going to give up.  He had an ability to reach inside people, worldwide.  Language had nothing to do with it." said memorabilia collector Gerry Mandel.

That's why sometimes the things unsaid, speak volumes.

Patrick Clark, News 11.