Chaplin Indicted on Mann Act!

Feb. 11, 1944, Women at War

Feb. 11, 1944, Charlie Chaplin Indicted

Feb. 11, 1944: A P-38 rushes from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and back in an hour to get penicillin for a Jimmy Doyle, 15 months old, who has peritonitis.

“Precious little of the stuff is available and that is controlled by Dr. Chester Keefer of Boston, custodian of civilian supplies of the drug,” The Times says.

The P-38 was flown by test pilot Lt. Col. Clarence A. Shoop, who turned the plane over to the Army when he was finished after picking it up from Lockheed, where Jimmy’s father is an employee.

Actor Charlie Chaplin is indicted under the Mann Act and is also accused of criminal conspiracy along with six others.

According to charges, on Oct. 5, 1942, Chaplin “feloniously transported and caused to be transported Joan Berry from Los Angeles to the city of New York” … “with the intent and purpose of engaging in illicit sex relationship with him and live with him as his mistress.”

A second charge accused of him of bringing her back to Los Angeles for the same purpose.

The rest of the charges against Chaplin’s co-defendants involved an alleged plot to run Berry out of town on a charge of vagrancy that would be dropped if she left the state. Accused in the conspiracy were Beverly Hills Police Judge Charles Griffin, Beverly Hills Police Capt. W.W. White, Beverly Hills Police Lt. Claude Marple, Beverly Hills Police matron Jessie Billie Reno, radio commentator Robert Arden and movie producer Thomas Wells “Tim” Durant.

Observing the fighting between U.S. and Nazi troops in Cassino, Tom Treanor writes: “We see houses disappear in smoke and dust, fragments spinning slowly into the air. Then when the smoke clears, the house looks almost as it did before except for another hole in one corner, usually high up.

“Jerries in the basements are almost impossible to reach with shells, apparently even with delayed-action shells. These houses almost never collapse. Shells usually knock out a clean piece of masonry, leaving the rest intact.”

“Jane Eyre,” starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine, “is precedent-shattering and even bizarre,” Edwin Schallert writes.

Opening today: “The Iron Major” with “Escape to Danger” (Ann Dvorak alert!) at the Fox Ritz, Los Angeles Theatre and the Egyptian.

Feb. 11, 1940, Penecillin

Feb. 11, 1944, Iron Major

Feb. 11, 1944, Chaplin Indicted

Feb. 11, 1944, Chaplin Indicted

Feb. 11, 1944, "Jane Eyre"

Feb. 11, 1944, Tom Treanor

Feb. 11, 1944, Tom Treanor

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2 Responses to Chaplin Indicted on Mann Act!

  1. Benito says:

    I understand Chaplin was acquitted. The Mann Act intended to stop so-called “white slavery”, defined as gangsters transporting young women across state lines in order to pimp them out in the big cities. Drugs are often involved. This was and is a real problem. But any man who has taken his girlfriend to Las Vegas or Hawaii has technically violated the Mann Act. So, who hasn’t?


  2. aryedirect says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if old J. Edgar used the Mann Act as part of his generations-long hatred for Mr. Chaplin and all he stood for. Such devious actions of governmental harassment were at Hoover’s evil little core.


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