On the witness stand during the Mann Act trial, April, 1944.
During the questioning, prosecutor Charles Carr asked Chaplin if on his second date with Joan Barry he hadn’t told her she was very pretty and charming, “and didn’t you try to kiss her?”
” I think I kissed her before that” Charlie replied, smiling faintly.
“Did you ever tell Ms. Barry you were in love with her?” asked Carr.
“No, never” replied Chaplin
“Well, did she ever tell you she was in love with you?”
“Yes, she did”
“Did you ever call her ‘Hunchy’?”
“Yes”, said Chaplin, flushing. “I used that as a term of endearment. I often use terms of endearment”.
“When did you stop calling her ‘Hunchy’?”
“I don’t remember.” Chaplin said.
Poor Charlie, answering questions like this had to be so embarrassing for him.
Charlie Chaplin in the background (on the left) and the nut (Joan Barry) who sued him for paternity, even though blood tests proved he was not the father the judge would not allow it to come into evidence, the jury decision named Charlie as the father and he had to support Joan Barry’s daughter Carol Ann until she was 21.
Barry was institutionalised in 1953 after she was found walking the streets barefoot, carrying a pair of baby sandals and a child’s ring, and murmuring: “This is magic”.