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    The Cure (Mutual Productions, 1917). Window Card (14" X 22"). When discussing the great cinematic comedians, few names are as revered as that of Charles Chaplin. Born in England and originally a music hall performer with the Fred Karno Company, Chaplin toured America in 1912 and 1913. During the latter part of this tour, he was seen by Mack Sennett, who hired the young comedian to appear in his one-reelers for the Keystone Film Company. In 1916, Chaplin signed with Essanay Studios, where he developed a stock company of reliable players, and, in 1917 joined the Mutual Film Corporation to produce 12 two-reel comedies, over which he had virtually total creative control. This period would come to be seen as one of the best in Chaplin's career, as virtually all these films are considered classics, and Chaplin himself would remember it as one of the happiest times in his life. Shortly after completing his contract at Mutual, Chaplin moved to First National, where he began producing feature films, and, in 1919, he co-founded United Artists along with fellow actors Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D. W. Griffith. His fame, which was considerable at this time, continued to skyrocket throughout the 1920s. The window card offered here is from The Cure, one of Chaplin's Mutual comedies. In this picture, Chaplin stars as a wealthy drunk, who checks into a spa to dry out. Of course, chaos - and hilarity - ensues, as Chaplin proceeds to turn the place on its head. The rarity of paper from these Mutual shorts cannot be overstated. To put it simply, original release paper from these films just doesn't show up. This beautiful stone litho window card is the only known copy of its type, and, to the best of our knowledge, one of the only pieces extant from the original release of this important film. While a few pieces exist from later re-releases, we're only aware of one other original piece from this film, and, in fact, we've only seen four other original pieces from any of the Mutual comedies in the past seven years of Heritage auctions, and none from The Cure. This is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the serious Chaplin fan, as this incredible piece will most likely disappear into a private collection after this auction, not to reappear for many, many years. This window card has had all the borders replaced: 1.25" on the left, 1.75" at the bottom, including the portion that reads "Mutual Chaplin Specials," 1.75" on the right, and 2.75" at the top. The professional restoration performed on this card is flawless, giving the piece a like-new appearance that must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. If you're looking for a classic rarity to provide hours of viewing pleasure as well as unequalled bragging rights, this is the one you want to bid on! Fine on Paper.

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