I'm Still Skeptical: "Time Traveler" With Cell Phone Spotted In 1928 Charlie Chaplin Flick

October 25, 2010


Allegedly a guy was watching Charlie Chaplin's 1928 silent film 'The Circus' and spotted a woman in a scene walking by talking on a cell phone. I watched the footage myself, and I'm skeptical to say the least. Guy is a crazy conspiracy-theorist to say a little more. Guy should be locked in a secret government facility and violated by aliens to say too much.

This short film is about a piece of footage I (George Clarke) found behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplins film 'The Circus'. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA - the scene shows a large woman dressed in black with a hat hiding most of her face, with what can only be described as a mobile phone device - talking as she walks alone.

I have studied this film for over a year now - showing it to over 100 people and at a film festival, yet no-one can give any explanation as to what she is doing.

My only theory - as well as many others - is simple... a time traveler on a mobile phone. See for yourself and feel free to leave a comment on your own explanation or thoughts about it.

Jesus, Sherlock Holmes is probably spinning in his grave. Check it -- I've got a much simpler (and correcter) explanation, and it goes like this: women, by nature, are talkers. And -- given nobody else to talk to, will even talk to themselves. This woman's probably having a make-believe convo with a shoe or makeup case. BOOM, case closed. Now, meet me at the bar for some real time-traveling (sorry, future trips only).

Hit the jump for two videos, the first of which has guy babbling about it for awhile, the second of which cuts straight to the chase.


Thanks to the TOASTer, who better stop burning my f***ing bread.

  • Jennifer DeFusco

    This is a 1906 drawing of two people in Hyde Park, using wireless receivers. Tesla was alive and well at this time in history. People knew of wireless tech. Its not inconceivable that a cellular phone was in a Chaplin movie, made by a man ahead of his time. Anyone still skeptical by today of any of the availability of this technology at the turn of the century needs to crack open some history books and do better research. https://www.facebook.com/Hi...

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    There is probably a really boring normal explanation for this, but it's convincing enough to make me wonder...

  • anonymous

    "Most hearing aids at the time required you to hold them up to your ear in a way that looks just like a phone."
    "Yep they're called ear trumpets"


  • Miguel A. Paz-Vergara

    You fail to realize the amount of light that was required to get clear images captured by those old films, it is very possible that the woman is holding an object in the direction of the light shielding her eyes from the strong lights.

  • Stuart Scooby Ellis

    i think u are the one that is crazy lol a women talking to herself lmao, if you watch the slowed down version u can clearly see she is holding summit to her ear and talking to someone! 

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