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Occasionally, men in ballads also disguise themselves as women, but not only is it rarer, the men dress so for less time, because they are merely trying to elude an enemy by the disguise, as in Brown Robin, The Duke of Athole's Nurse, or Robin Hood and the Bishop.
Cross-dressing in motion pictures began in the early days of the silent films.
Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel brought the tradition of female impersonation in the English music halls when they came to America with Fred Karno's comedy troupe in 1910.
Both Chaplin and Laurel occasionally dressed as women in their films.
Even the beefy American actor Wallace Beery appeared in a series of silent films as a Swedish woman.