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Saturday 16 December 2017

MI5 baffled on Chaplin's birth

MI5 was baffled to discover there were no records of Charlie Chaplin's birth when it investigated his alleged communist sympathies.



British intelligence officers could find no documents confirming the silent film star was born in London in April 1889, and they dismissed claims that he was in fact originally from France.

The mystery of Chaplin's birth emerged when the US authorities asked MI5 to look into the comic actor's background after he left America in 1952 under a cloud of suspicion over his communist links.

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