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    The Champion (Essanay, 1915). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    This film, Charlie Chaplin's third for Essanay, was certainly (up to that time) one of his best as far as plotting, characterization, and humor goes. Chaplin plays a down and out tramp who becomes the gym's champ with the help of his lucky horseshoe and his faithful bulldog. Edna Purviance and Bud Jamieson co-star, with Bronco Billy Anderson, a founder of Essanay and the cinema's first major cowboy star, and comedian Ben Turpin making cameo appearances. Original posters from this early Charlie Chaplin film are extremely scarce, and this style one sheet is, as far as we know, one of only two known to have survived since its release 94 years ago. Another style one sheet from the original release also exists. The beautiful stone lithography still retains its original vibrancy. Prior to restoration, there was fold wear with some chipping, crossfold separations, extra vertical creases with two v-shaped creases at top and bottom, staining on the left and right sides, slight paper loss along the right border, corner bends, and tears on the borders. Very Good+ on Paper.




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