Here’s page 2 of the rough budget for Chaplin’s A KING IN NEW YORK.

The prize comedy element here is the item under ARTISTES AND EXTRAS:

Sexy girl: £100

A bargain!

I wonder if that was a standard item in British film budgets at the time. One imagines it may have been.

This budget was given to me by my old pal Lawrie Knight, who found it in a drawer at Pinewood Studios when he was working there as an assistant director in the fifties. It’s a slightly crumpled piece of film history, much like Lawrie himself at the time.

He died a few years ago, and is much missed. An extremely funny, loveable man who brushed up against a lot of interesting folks in his time. I will be passing on some of his anecdotes occasionally, as he had some HOT STUFF on Michael Powell, and others…

That seems reasonable...

“One hundred pounds, you say? Well, that seems very reasonable…”


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