Cinema: The Unfunny Comic

Five years ago Charlie Chaplin settled with his family, in Switzerland and self-exile, a bitter man. Convinced that he had been persecuted by McCarthyism, Red-liner Chaplin decided to deprive the U.S. of one of the few authentic geniuses produced by the movies. Last week a new Chaplin film, A King in New York, which may never be shown in the U.S., had its world première in London. Cries of "Good old Charlie!" and "Isn't he sweet?" greeted Chaplin from a dressy charity crowd in diamonds and dinner jackets. But though the crowd liked Chaplin, it was less than enthusiastic about the...