Newly released files show that an investigation by MI5 failed to determine where the silent film star Charlie Chaplin was born. The inquiry was requested by the US in 1952 when it was trying to prove Chaplin was a communist sympathiser.

MI5 found that Chaplin, who grew up in London before moving to the US, had left-wing sympathies but nothing more. At the time, Chaplin had been refused entry back into the US after attending a film premiere in London.

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