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    Good for Nothing (W. H. Productions, R-1918). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    In 1918, Wonderful Hits Productions or W.H. Productions, a states' rights distributor, re-edited 750 Keystone comedies and reissued them under new titles. In fact, Charlie Chaplin made 35 Keystone comedies and only 28 of them were copyrighted. Rival distributors complained to the Federal Trade Commission that these old shorts were being passed off as new product, so W.H. Productions agreed to call attention to the fact they were re-releases. Hence the title reads as "Former Title: His New Profession." This poster is the earliest reissue of the original 1914 short and is done in a wonderful stone litho. The film was Chaplin's 25th short with Keystone in 1914, even though he had begun with the studio just months before. It co-starred a very young Charlie Chase, with a bit part by Fatty Arbuckle. The poster pictures Chaplin in his "Little Tramp" character and is a wonderful likeness of him. Though not the original release, this poster is so close to the time of its original release as to be historic in that respect. There was some chipping to the upper border as well as in the center horizontal fold around the crossfold as there was a small strip of paper loss. In the lower fold there was paper loss around Chaplin's right foot. The poster has been professionally restored and now appears in wonderful condition. Fine- on Linen.


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