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    Modern Times (United Artists, 1936). Program (Multiple Pages). By 1936, the release of a new film starring Charlie Chaplin, "The Little Tramp," was certainly a cause for celebration. "Modern Times" got the full treatment from United Artists, as is clearly seen in this beautiful Premiere Night program. From the die-cut cover to the gold tassel that binds the piece to the gold-paper centerfold, this is a first-class production all the way. Much of the interior is given over to advertising from such sponsors as Elizabeth Arden, Merle Norman, DuPont, Max Factor, and Sardi's, as well as portraits of such stars as Chaplin and Paulette Goddard. The real centerpiece of this treasure, is, of course, the program of the festivities planned for Premiere Night, held at Graumann's Chinese Theater on Wednesday evening, February 12, 1936. The night started with Fox Movietone News, followed by MGM's short, "Pirate Party on Catalina Isle," Disney's "Mickey's Orphan Picnic," "The March of Time," which was "subject to weather conditions for air express," and MGM's "Fitzpatrick Traveltalk." The final part of the program was, of course, "Modern Times," Chaplin's brilliant satire on industrial society. Although this was supposed to be Chaplin's first sound film, voices are only heard when they come from mechanical devices such as videophones, phonographs and radios. This important film also marked the last appearance of the Little Tramp; Chaplin only made five more films between 1940 and 1967, none of which featured his most iconic character. The program offered here is in remarkable condition. There is a little rust on the staples, and some minor foxing on some of the interior pages. The front cover, which shows a caricature of Chaplin, exhibits some slight denting and scratching, and the back cover shows some creasing, especially at the corners. Regardless of these slight flaws, this is a wonderful piece that any Chaplin fan will be proud to own. Fine+.

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