CHARLIE CHAPLIN, MARY PICKFORD, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS and SAMUEL GOLDWYN The famed founders of United Artists update a distribution agreement. Carbon Document Signed: "Charles

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN, MARY PICKFORD, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS and SAMUEL GOLDWYN The famed founders of United Artists update a distribution agreement. Carbon Document Signed: "Charles Chaplin", "Mary Pickford", "Douglas Fairbanks" and "Samuel Goldwyn" in ink on last page, 3p, 8½x13, onion skin paper. Los Angeles, California, 1936 July 22. Update of a distribution agreement with Alexander Korda, defining more precisely the conditions under which United Artists or Korda could terminate the agreement. The first great screen comedian, and arguably the best of all time, CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977) was also a talented director and screenwriter. In the silent era, his many outstanding films included Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), The Kid (1921), Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931). He was less consistently successful in the talking era, the great strength of "the Little Tramp" having been physical comedy, but his noteworthy films included Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940) and Limelight (1952).  MARY PICKFORD (1892-1979), "America's sweetheart," appeared in 51 films for D.W. Griffith in 1909 and 49 in 1910 while she was still a teenager. DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, SR. (1889-1939) starred in comedies and Westerns, and very popular swashbucklers, in the 1910s and -twenties. In 1920, Pickford and Fairbanks, who were known as "Hollywood's King and Queen of the Silents", were married. They separated in 1933 and divorced in 1936. In 1919, Chaplin, Pickford, Fairbanks, along with director D.W. Griffith, formed United Artists to distribute their future productions. SAMUEL GOLDWYN (1879-1974) organized Goldwyn Pictures (1917) and merged with Louis B. Mayer's Metro Pictures to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. He is one of the few winners of both the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards. Goldwyn never made a "B" picture, striving for excellence on every film and producing movies including Greed (in the silent era, 1924), Stella Dallas (1937), Pride of the Yankees (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Guys and Dolls (1955). Hungarian-born ALEXANDER KORDA (1893-1956), a party to the original agreement but not a signer on this document, was a very influential British film producer and distributor. Slightly soiled. Pencil notation (unknown hand) on first page. Ink stain touches first letter of Pickford's signature. Staple holes at upper edges. Overall, fine condition.

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