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    The Floorwalker (Mutual, 1916). One Sheet (27.5" X 41").
    "Fulfilling my contract with Mutual was, I suppose, the happiest period of my life." Charlie Chaplin had good reason to be happy with the Mutual contract, signed in 1916. He was being paid $600,000 (more than $10 million in today's money) to produce 12 two-reelers in twelve months. Chaplin's extravagant contract freed him from the low-budget, assembly-line atmosphere that he detested at both Keystone and Essanay. The Floorwalker was his first for Mutual and was an amazing advancement in filmmaking over his previous films with Essannay. This great and classic short film was historic in many ways, not the least of which was this is Chaplin's first film with the famous Eric Campbell, who was the 6'5", 250 lb heavy in eleven Chaplin shorts before his tragic death. This wonderful poster has restoration to repair some chips within the image, along the upper and lower horizontal fold and within the vertical fold, though none terribly distracting. The major issue with the poster is that the bottom 5.5" to 6" of the poster which included the title, was trimmed off. This was probably done to use the image to promote another Chaplin short by an ever-cost conscious theater owner. Portions of the left and right border were trimmed as well. This is only the second known copy of a one sheet to this historic comedy short by one of the greatest silent comedians of all time. The restoration was done accurately to mimic the missing portion. Good on Linen.


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