Hearing Aid or Cell Phone in Chaplin’s ‘The Circus’ from 1928?

The following video is getting folks excited after Roger Ebert posted it on his blog with only a quote from the reader that sent it to him. Here’s the quote:

It’s quite a coincidence (for me anyway) that you recently included “The Circus” into your great movies collection. I received this link yesterday from my Aunt. It’s a video exploring an unusual moment in the film which shows an extra who appears to be talking on a cell phone! It is a bit weird actually.

So, is it possible a time traveler went back in time and started talking on a cell phone in the 1920s when there were no cell towers? Or were there perhaps several time travelers working at AT&T trying to set up towers and try and convince iPhone users they’ve been covering the world since the late 20s?

Or, just maybe it’s a hearing aid such as the one pictured to the right and described here?

Watch the video and decide for yourself and if, like me, you’re too lazy to watch the rather long introduction you can fast forward to about the 2:30 mark and check out the footage.

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