HOLLYWOOD -- 33 years after his death, a 1928 film clip from a Charlie Chaplin movie premier that appears to show a woman talking on a cell phone is sparking debate and controversy.

The short film, some 80 years old, is footage that was shot for Charlie Chaplin's film "The Circus."

The film shows people attending the 1928 premiere of the movie at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

In the footage, a woman dressed in black with a hat hiding most of her face is seen with what can only be described as a mobile phone device, talking as she walks alone.

The footage was studied and posted on YouTube by a man in Belfast named George Clarke.

Since then, the video has gone viral with thousands of people making comments and giving their opinion about what the woman is holding and what she is doing as she walks and talks.

Clarke believes the woman could be a time-traveler who is using technology 81 years in the future. Others say she is using a 1920's era hearing aide. There are hundreds of other opinions some agreeing with Clarke, others calling the film a fake.