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Charles 'Chic' Sale

Charles 'Chic' Sale was primarily a stage comedian, who, although he infrequently appeared on Broadway from 1902-30 and appeared in a handful of silent films, spent the majority of his career treading the boards of vaudeville as a comedian, usually in the persona of 'Lem Putt', a carpenter from Urbana, Illinois who specialized in the building of outhouses. By age 49 his stage act had become so popular that he felt compelled to write, with the help of two newspaper writers, a 3000-word collection of his monologues (at the urging of his lawyer who expressed dismay over lesser comedians stealing his act), which was published as "The Specialist". The book was a huge hit, published in nine languages, and remains in print to this day. (Sale took six months off touring to personally answer fan mail resulting from the book. A sequel was published as "I'll Tell You Why".) During the 1930s and '40s there were outhouses sporting "Chic Sale" signs all over the world, his name becoming synonymous for toilet (which didn't please him in the least) and the butt of fellow comedian Groucho Marx's jokes. After appearing in a flop Broadway show in 1930, Sale headed for Hollywood for good and became, thanks to effective makeup and complete mastery of his lanky body, a character actor. Still in his mid to late 40s, he convincingly played octogenarians. He did this so well that it was quite a shock to see him out of make-up; he was unrecognizable from his old man screen persona. Chic Sale died of pneumonia in 1936 at just 51 years of age. He was survived by his wife Marie.


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Born:
Aug 25, 1885 In Huron, South Dakota, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
19
First Appeared:
In the movie His Nibs 1921-10-21
Latest Project:
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life 1988-11-22
Known For
Poster of Important News
Poster of The Great American Pie Company
Poster of The New School Teacher
Filmography
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie You Only Live Once Ethan 1937-01-29
Movie Man Hunt Ed Hoggins 1936-01-15
Movie Important News Elmer 'Scoop' Stevens 1936-02-29
Movie The Man I Marry Sheriff Clem Loudecker 1936-10-31
Movie The Gentleman from Louisiana Deacon Devlin 1936-08-14
Movie Rocky Mountain Mystery Tex Murdock 1935-03-01
Movie The Great American Pie Company Ephraim Deacon 1935-11-09
Movie The Perfect Tribute Abraham Lincoln 1935-08-15
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-9 1934-04-28
Movie Treasure Island Ben Gunn 1934-08-17
Movie The Chief Uncle Joe 1933-11-03
Movie When a Feller Needs a Friend Uncle Jonas Tucker 1932-04-30
Movie The Expert John T. Minick 1932-03-05
Movie Men Of America Smokey Miller 1932-11-25
Movie Stranger in Town Ulysses Crickle 1931-08-06
Movie The Star Witness Private 'Grandpa' Summerill 1931-08-22
Movie The New School Teacher Professor Timmons 1924-05-31
Movie His Nibs Unknown 1921-10-21