Time Traveler Caught on Film?

Picture this: you’re from a future when time travel is possible, and you decide — just for kicks — to go back to the Hollywood premiere of a Charlie Chaplin movie in the roaring 20s. You even dress the part, to blend in. But you hit a snag when you accidentally wind up being filmed as part of coverage of the enormous crowd attending the event. And to make matters worse, the cameras just happen to be on you while you’re talking on your cell phone.

That’s the claim of Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who discovered a mysterious woman who appears to be talking on a cell phone while attending the 1928 premiere of Chaplin’s movie The Circus at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The footage comes from a DVD extra released with a home video copy of the film. The woman is only on camera for a few seconds, but she’s definitely holding something in her left hand that looks a lot like a cell phone, and she can clearly be seen talking into it.

I’m thinking the woman is probably speaking to someone off camera while adjusting her earring or something, but the time traveler theory is a lot more provocative. Come on, how cool would that be?? But most likely, we 21st Century gadget-lovers are seeing a hand-to-mouth motion that we recognize as all too familiar, which is actually representative of something else c0mpletely different in 1928.

Besides that, here’s the biggest question mark hanging over the footage: if the woman’s really on her cell phone, then who on earth is she talking to? There’s no cell coverage in 1928! Unless she’s using a phone given to her by the Doctor

Still, if you watch the entire video, Clarke makes a pretty strong argument. If you’d rather skip straight to the “time traveler” footage, it’s at the 2:42 mark.

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