Cell phone time traveler from 1928?

Is this woman on a cell phone in a 1928 Charlie Chaplin movie?

By Suzanne Choney

Is a woman in a 1928 film who appears to have a cell phone glued to her ear in fact a time traveler? That’s what some conspiracy theorists think this eerie scene (video below) from Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film, “The Circus” is telegraphing, or rather phoning, and that the woman — who looks about as time-traveler-ish as Martha Stewart, is indeed a voyager from the vortex of time and space.

Belfast filmmaker George Clarke, a Chaplin fan, says he was watching the “behind the scenes of ‘The Circus’ ” and was “stumped” at what he saw.


Cell Phone Time Traveler From 1928

“I kept winding it back, playing it; winding it back, playing it back, and I couldn’t explain this,” he says. “I want to get this out there to let people try and give me an idea, because right now the only conclusion that I can come to — it sounds absolutely ridiculous, I’m sure, to some people — it’s a time traveler.” Although, as Clarke notes, the “old woman … looks like a man in drag … on a mobile phone.”

Some who have seen the clip and commented online say it’s not a phone the woman is holding, that perhaps she’s holding her hand up to her ear to shield the sun from her eyes, or to shield herself to stay out of the camera’s gaze.

“Aside from some Star Trek time travel shenanigans — could it have been some type of hearing aid … or transistor radio or maybe even the fact that she might have been a nut bag and she was talking to herself?” said one person’s posting on Gawker.com.

What do you think?

One Response to “Cell phone time traveler from 1928?”

  1. overoceans says:

    My favorite comment regarding this story is by a person who calls himself “Stitcher”. It’s an obvious jab at humor:

    Greetings all. First let me say, this comment is NOT FOR YOU. But here’s the deal. I work as what’s called a “stitcher”. In the year 2215, temperal displacement was perfected – better known as time travel – using an artificial black hole paradigm in conjunction with gravitational lunar containment technology. (Basically, the moon prevents the Earth from getting swallowed). Anyway, scientists realized the danger of the TD Shift. Their simulations proved that if a traveler so much as went back in time and provided evidence of future time travel, the chaos created by that knowledge would wipe out the world. This led to the creation of the Stitcher Agency. Stitcher agents like myself are tasked with TD shifting back to investigate any physically recorded leaks of TD technology, such as what’s in this clip. I haven’t gone back to 1928 yet to deal with this, so I can’t say what the person’s up to. But I can tell you it’s not a cell phone. Starting in 2039, cell phones were replaced by voice activated implants just behind the ear that daisy-chained directly into the auditory nerve, which eliminated the need for any kind of external phone at all. It was part of the Telepathy Project that began in 2032. To make a long story short, it’s not a phone in this clip. I know because. . . well, maybe you should read this comment again.

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