When Chaplin became angered at Virgina Cherrill’s un-professional additude on the set of CITY LIGHTS, he threatened to re-shoot the entire film with his form…
As you watch this 5 minute clip of Georgia Hales’s screen test for the blind girl, especially what would be the legendary ending. You will see she would have not been right for the part, she seemed to be making fun of the tramp, being overly dramatic.
Yes in the film the flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) is seen laughing at the tramp, but to me it was laughing at his antics with the 2 newspaper boys bothering him. When she seen him in the window and realized the situation he was in she was kind to him.
The one thing that always struck me by Georgia Hale, any photos I seen after The Gold Rush she looked completely different.
Yes keeping Virginia Cherrill was a wise decsion.
Her portrayal of the flower girl seems a lot like her character in The Gold Rush, too worldly, too much teasing of Charlie. She also looks too mature for the role. Cherrill’s blind girl has more of an innocence and tenderness which makes it all work better. Off screen, she may have been difficult, but onscreen she’s too magnificent to be replaced.