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    The Floorwalker (Mutual, 1916). One Sheet (27" X 42").
    "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, as 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 Studios. 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", weighed 250 pounds, and was featured in eleven Chaplin shorts before his tragic death. This beautiful one sheet, one of only three known extant, shows Chaplin in a more contemplative moment with a store mannequin. The poster has had wonderful conservation work done which includes repair to some minor chips within the image, along the upper and lower horizontal fold and within the vertical fold, though none terribly distracting. The bottom 5" to 6" of the poster, which was only the title saying "in The Floorwalker" was carefully trimmed off and has been beautifully replaced. This was done to use the poster to promote another Chaplin short by an ever-cost conscious theater owner. This is a priceless and rare artifact from one of the greatest comics of screen history. Very Good on Linen.


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