Sunday, May 22, 2011

Foy, Chaplin, and Earp

I was doing some research on 19th century actor Eddie Foy when I ran across a tidbit about Foy, Charlie Chaplin, and Wyatt Earp in Wikipedia. This was new to me:

In later years, Foy told of an altercation over a girl with fellow actor Charles Chaplin, who was drunkenly taking pot-shots at Foy. The gunfire awakened Wyatt Earp, who disarmed the actor and sent both the players home to sleep it off. Foy is also rumored to have been in Tombstone, Arizona in October 1881 appearing at the local theatre when the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred on the 26th of that month.
Amusing and I'm thinking this would make a fun short story--the annoyed lawman, the drunken Tramp, and the outcome.

12 comments:

litcity said...
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David Cranmer said...

I'll always be left wondering about the comment that never was.

Chad said...

I love coming across tidbits like that. Those little hints of things that send your mind working.

Charles Gramlich said...

It's like some truths you can't make up. That would be just totally weird. Does sound like a fun story

Brian Drake said...

Well that sounds like something Earp would do. Write the story! Give it some humor and you'll have a winner.

David Cranmer said...

Chad, It doesn't happen that often to me but is nice when it does.

Charles, I kinda doubt the story but it is entertaining to think it happened.

Brian, I've been thinking of writing some Foy stories. Short, little throwaways. Maybe this would be the start.

Ron Scheer said...

Could have happened. It's a small world. The story reminds me of Blake Edwards' movie SUNSET, about Earp and Tom Mix.

David Cranmer said...

True, Ron. And Earp did live in hotels around California circa that time period. It seems to me that Mr. Foy would have been a little old to be chasing the same age girls as Chaplin but then again
I just answered my own question. :)

Barrie said...

Interesting! And to think I posted about Wyatt Earp last Monday!
http://barriesummy.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-town-monday-wyatt-earp-in-san-diego.html

David Cranmer said...

That was a great post, Barrie! I actually had read it but forgot to comment which is quite unusual for me.

RReynolds said...

It's not hard to believe two actors sharing the same hotel or renting a bungalow next to Wyatt Earp in California.

David Cranmer said...

There is always a ring of truth, Mr. Reynolds.