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BEN TURPIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/17/1928 - HFSID 41986

BEN TURPIN Ben Turpin boldly signs a document stating that his contract has been extended. Typed Document Signed: "Ben Turpin" in pencil, 1p 8½x11. Beverly Hills,1928 July 17. On a letter to him,

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BEN TURPIN
Ben Turpin boldly signs a document stating that his contract has been extended.
Typed Document Signed: "Ben Turpin" in pencil, 1p 8½x11. Beverly Hills,1928 July 17. On a letter to him, the cross-eyed slapstick comedian of the silent screen agrees with Weiss Brothers' Productions that "In view of your going away on a vaudeville tour," the length of the contract previously signed by Turpin will be extended "to cover the length of time that you will be on this vaudeville tour which is a minimum of eight weeks...." Also bears scarce signature in ink: "Louis Weiss." Printed at left margin of stationery is announcement, in part: "Now in Production/Season 1929/30 Two Reel Comedies/10 Featuring/Ben Turpin...."Ben Turpin joined Essanay shortly after the company began operating in 1907, but it wasn't until 1917, when he joined Mack Sennett, that he became a leading comedy star. He enjoyed his greatest success in a series of parodies of hit movies of the period, lampooning famous screen personalities. His films included Uncle Tom Without the Cabin (1919), The Shriek of Araby (1923), The Reel Virginian (1924) and A Harem Knight (1926). He derived much laughter from the contrast between his small size and ludicrous face and the dashing, sophisticated characters he portrayed. Turpin had insured his eyes with Lloyds of London against uncrossing. Browned at top and left edges, chipped at edges, minor tape repair on verso, else fine.

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