Michael Chaplin and April Wilding, costars of a short 1965 music film that doesn’t seem to be available anywhere, take a production break on a London street near Hempstead Heath. Chaplin’s Sixties singles (released on Decca) include “I Am What I Am” and “Restless.” The son of screen comedy mastermind Charlie Chaplin, Michael appeared in a few films while he was making a go at a pop music career, playing a “pavement artist” in the Terry-Thomas pic The Sandwich Man. (He also appeared in his dad’s late-Fifties endeavor, A King in New York.) Wilding starred in several iconic Sixties British TV series, including The Saint, Secret Agent (Danger Man) and the sexploitation film Secrets of a Windmill Girl.
Here’s the photo caption, dated 11 May 1965: “LONDON: The black beatnik-type attire of Michael Chaplin, son of Charles Chaplin and Oona Chaplin, provides a contrast to the black chic look of British actress April Wilding as they sit in front of Chaplin’s Hempstead home. They were making a short film to promote Michael’s new record, ‘I Am What I Am.'”