February 6, 1921 - Charlie Chaplin's first full-length movie, The Kid, was released on this day.
The Kid was a breakthrough not only for Chaplin, but also for his costar, Jackie Coogan, who at age 7 was the first child star in motion pictures. He would grow up to play Uncle Fester on The Addams Family television series.
The bittersweet storyline of The Kid follows Chaplin's relentless quest to get his adopted son and sidekick back. Certain elements of the film, like the stark depictions of poverty and the callous indifference of the welfare workers, are drawn directly from Chaplin's early life in London.
Some of the key scenes were filmed in and around the Olvera Street section of Los Angeles.