Chaplin's boyhood was one of Dickensian poverty and when his mother went mad under the strain his childhood was over. His high school was the English theater where he began mastering the art of pantomime which inevitably took him to early Hollywood where his well thought out and tested routines brought a new dimension to silent film comedy. In discussing the philosophy behind his famous tramp character and his film techniques, Chaplin will hold the interest of a new generation just meeting his work. He is reticent about his four marriages and hardly mentions his children. The notorious paternity suit gets less space than his troubles with Communist witch hunters. If his comments on politics are any guide, Chaplin was an emotional and naive victim of the times.