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Ben Turpin Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

BEN TURPIN
Born: September 19, 1869 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: July 01, 1940 in Santa Monica, California
Biography
Ben Turpin (1869-1940) made his first film in 1909, 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 evoked much laughter from the contrast between his small size and ludicrous face and the dashing, sophisticated characters he portrayed. He also mastered the art of taking spectacular falls without hurting himself.
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1932-Running-Hollywood (Performer), 1931-Movie-Town (Performer), 1930-A-Hollywood-Theme-Song (Performer), 1930-A-Royal-Romance (Performer), 1929-The-Show-of-Shows (Performer), 1929-Taking-the-Count (Performer), 1929-The-Hollywood-Dressmaker (Performer), 1928-A-Woman's-Way (Performer), 1928-Idle-Eyes (Performer), 1928-Seein'-Things (Performer), 1928-The-Eyes-Have-It (Performer), 1927-The-College-Hero (Performer), 1927-Broke-in-China (Performer), 1926-When-a-Man's-a-Prince (Performer), 1924-Yukon-Jake (Performer), 1924-Ten-Dollars-or-Ten-Days (Performer), 1923-Where's-My-Wandering-Boy-This-Evening (Performer), 1923-The-Shriek-of-Araby (Performer), 1922-Home-Made-Movies (Performer), 1921-Molly-O' (Performer), 1921-Love's-Outcast (Performer), 1921-A-Small-Town-Idol (Performer), 1920/I-Down-on-the-Farm (Performer), 1919-A-Lady's-Tailor (Performer), 1919-Treating-'Em-Rough (Performer), 1919-Trying-to-Get-Along (Performer), 1919-The-Foolish-Age (Performer), 1919-The-Village-Smithy (Performer), 1918-Sleuths (Performer), 1917-Taming-Target-Center (Performer), 1917-Lost:-A-Cook (Performer), 1917-Sole-Mates (Performer), 1917/II-Caught-in-the-End (Performer), 1917-Bucking-the-Tiger (Performer), 1917-The-Musical-Marvel (Performer), 1916-Picture-Pirates (Performer), 1916-A-Safe-Proposition (Performer), 1916/II-He-Did-and-He-Didn't (Performer), 1916-Doctoring-a-Leak (Performer), 1915-Snakeville's-Champion (Performer), 1915-Burlesque-on-Carmen (Performer), 1915-It-Happened-in-Snakeville (Performer), 1915-Snakeville's-Hen-Medic (Performer), 1915-Broncho-Billy-and-the-Card-Sharp (Performer), 1915-Versus-Sledge-Hammers (Performer), 1915-Snakeville's-Twins (Performer), 1915-Two-Bold,-Bad-Men (Performer), 1915-Sweedie-Goes-to-College (Performer), 1915-Sweedie's-Suicide (Performer), 1915-Sweedie-and-the-Sultan's-Present (Performer), 1914-Madame-Double-X (Performer), 1914-She-Landed-a-Big-One (Performer), 1913-The-Usual-Way (Performer), 1909-A-Case-of-Seltzer (Performer), 1909-The-New-Cop (Performer), 1909-The-Energetic-Street-Cleaner (Performer), 1909-The-Neighbors'-Kids (Performer), 1908-Oh,-What-Lungs! (Performer), 1908-The-Younger-Brothers (Performer), 1907-An-Awful-Skate-or,-The-Hobo-on-Rollers (Performer), 1917-The-Musical-Marvel (Director), 1917-The-Musical-Marvel (in person), 1961-Days-of-Thrills-and-Laughter (Other), 1938-Personality-Parade (Other), 1918-Chase-Me-Charlie (Other), 1961-The-DuPont-Show-of-the-Week (Other), 1992-A-Tribute-to-the-Boys:-Laurel-and-Hardy (Other), 1943-Happy-Times-and-Jolly-Moments (Other), 1919-Up-in-Alf's-Place (Performer), 1951-Ca-c'est-du-cinema (Other), 1923-The-Dare-Devil (Performer), 1914-Golf-Champion-'Chick'-Evans-Links-with-Sweedie (Performer), 1961-Hollywood:-The-Golden-Years (Other), 1951-Que-tiempos-aquellos! (Other), 1916-Bungling-Bill's-Dress-Suit (Performer), 1916-For-Ten-Thousand-Bucks (Performer), 1916-The-Iron-Mitt (Performer), 1916-Delinquent-Bridegrooms (Performer), 1916-Nailing-on-the-Lid (Performer), 1916-National-Nuts (Performer), 1915-A-Christmas-Revenge (Performer), 1915-The-Merry-Models (Performer), 1915-Broncho-Billy's-Love-Affair (Performer), 1915-When-Snakeville-Struck-Oil (Performer), 1915-Broncho-Billy-Steps-In (Performer), 1915-Sweedie's-Finish (Performer), 1915-Sophie-and-the-Fakir (Performer), 1915-Sweedie's-Hero (Performer), 1915-Sweedie-in-Vaudeville (Performer), 1915/I-A-Night-Out (Performer), 1915-Snakeville's-Debutantes (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-Collects-for-Charity (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-Learns-to-Swim (Performer), 1914-Sweedie's-Skate (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-and-the-Lord (Performer), 1909-Tag-Day (Performer), 1909-The-Haunted-Lounge (Performer), 1907-Mr.-Inquisitive (Performer), 1937-Cinema-Circus (in person), 1932-Hollywood-on-Parade-No.-A-1 (in person), 1918-It's-a-Cinch (in person), 1916-Charlie's-Life (in person), 1940-Saps-at-Sea (Performer), 1939-Hollywood-Cavalcade (Performer), 1932-Hypnotized (Performer), 1932-Lighthouse-Love (Performer), 1930-Swing-High (Performer), 1929-The-Love-Parade (Performer), 1928-She-Said-No (Performer), 1927-Love's-Languid-Lure (Performer), 1927-The-Jolly-Jilter (Performer), 1923-Asleep-at-the-Switch (Performer), 1922-Step-Forward (Performer), 1921-Love-and-Doughnuts (Performer), 1920-Married-Life (Performer), 1920-The-Star-Boarder (Performer), 1920-The-Nutcrackers (Performer), 1919-East-Lynne-with-Variations (Performer), 1918-Two-Tough-Tenderfeet (Performer), 1918-His-Smothered-Love (Performer), 1917-Masked-Mirth (Performer), 1953-L'incantevole-nemica (Other), 1914-The-Fable-of-the-Busy-Business-Boy-and-the-d_roppers-In (Performer), 1922-Screen-Snapshots,-Series-3,-No.-2 (in person), 1960-When-Comedy-Was-King (Other), 1915-Mixed-Up (Other), 1980-Hollywood (Other), 1939-A-Small-Town-Idol (Other), 1935-Bring-'Em-Back-a-Lie (Performer), 1935-The-Little-Big-Top (Performer), 1932-Make-Me-a-Star (Performer), 1931-Ambassador-Bill (Performer), 1931-Cracked-Nuts (Performer), 1928-The-Cockeyed-Family (Performer), 1927-Daddy-Boy (Performer), 1927-A-Hollywood-Hero (Performer), 1926-A-Harem-Knight (Performer), 1925-The-Marriage-Circus (Performer), 1925-The-Raspberry-Romance (Performer), 1925-The-Wild-Goose-Chaser (Performer), 1924-Three-Foolish-Weeks (Performer), 1924-The-Hollywood-Kid (Performer), 1923-Pitfalls-of-a-Big-City (Performer), 1921-Home-Talent (Performer), 1920-The-Quack-Doctor (Performer), 1920-You-Wouldn't-Believe-It (Performer), 1920-The-Close-Shave (Performer), 1920-Bloggie's-Vacation (Performer), 1920-Countess-Bloggie (Performer), 1919-Uncle-Tom-Without-a-Cabin (Performer), 1919-The-Dentist (Performer), 1919-Love's-False-Faces (Performer), 1919-When-Love-Is-Blind (Performer), 1919-Yankee-Doodle-in-Berlin (Performer), 1919-Cupid's-Day-Off (Performer), 1918-Whose-Little-Wife-Are-You (Performer), 1918-She-Loved-Him-Plenty (Performer), 1918-Her-Screen-Idol (Performer), 1918-Saucy-Madeline (Performer), 1918-Sheriff-Nell's-Tussle (Performer), 1917-Roping-Her-Romeo (Performer), 1917-Pete's-Pants (Performer), 1917-Two-Laughs (Performer), 1917-A-Clever-Dummy (Performer), 1917-Frightened-Flirts (Performer), 1917-A-Studio-Stampede (Performer), 1917-The-Butcher's-Nightmare (Performer), 1916-Jealous-Jolts (Performer), 1916-Shot-in-the-Fracas (Performer), 1916-Ducking-a-Discord (Performer), 1916-The-Stolen-Booking (Performer), 1916-Some-Liars (Performer), 1916/I-Hired-and-Fired (Performer), 1916-Just-for-a-Kid (Performer), 1915-Too-Much-Turkey (Performer), 1915-A-Quiet-Little-Game (Performer), 1915-A-Coat-Tale (Performer), 1915-Curiosity (Performer), 1915-Love-and-Trouble (Performer), 1915-The-Champion (Performer), 1915-His-New-Job (Performer), 1915-Two-Hearts-That-Beat-as-Ten (Performer), 1914-Their-Cheap-Vacation (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-the-Trouble-Maker (Performer), 1914-The-Fickleness-of-Sweedie (Performer), 1914-Sweedie's-Clean-Up (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-the-Swatter (Performer), 1910-The-Hobble-Skirt (Performer), 1909-Mr.-Flip (Performer), 1909-A-Mexican's-Gratitude (Performer), 1907-A-Free-Lunch (Performer), 1930-The-Voice-of-Hollywood-No.-8 (in person), 1921-Screen-Snapshots,-Series-1,-No.-19 (in person), 1952-Screen-Snapshots:-Memories-of-Famous-Hollywood-Comedians (Other), 1950-Fifty-Years-Before-Your-Eyes (Other), 1923-Screen-Snapshots,-Series-3,-No.-17 (in person), 1982-Dance-of-the-Cookoos (Other), 1963-Hollywood-and-the-Stars (Other), 1961-Silents-Please (Other), 1916-The-Essanay-Chaplin-Revue-of-1916 (Other), 1965-Tobo-the-Happy-Clown (Other), 1946-Screen-Snapshots-Series-25,-No.-8:-Looking-Back (Other), 1933-March-of-the-Movies (Other), 1909-The-Little-Advertiser (Performer), 1967-The-Funniest-Man-in-the-World (Other), 1921-Bright-Eyes (Performer), 1923-Screen-Snapshots,-Series-4,-No.-4 (in person), 1920-Screen-Snapshots,-Series-1,-No.-10 (in person), 1937-Screen-Snapshots-Series-17,-No.-1 (Other), 1917/I-Caught-in-the-End (Performer), 1920-Screen-Snapshots,-Series-1,-No.-7 (in person), 1957-The-Golden-Age-of-Comedy (Other), 1916-Poultry-a-la-Mode (Performer), 1914-The-Joblot-Recruits (Performer), 1949-Down-Memory-Lane (Other), 1911-Their-First-Misunderstanding (Performer), 1923-Screen-Snapshots,-Series-3,-No.-25 (in person), 1917-That-Night (Performer), 1917-Are-Waitresses-Safe (Performer), 1917-A-Bedroom-Blunder (Performer), 1917-The-Pawnbroker's-Heart (Performer), 1917-When-Ben-Bolted (Performer), 1917-His-Bogus-Boast (Performer), 1917-A-Circus-Cyclone (Performer), 1916-Taking-the-Count (Performer), 1916-A-Waiting-Game (Performer), 1916-The-Wicked-City (Performer), 1916-Some-Bravery (Performer), 1916-Lost-and-Found (Performer), 1916-A-Deep-Sea-Liar (Performer), 1916-When-Papa-Died (Performer), 1916-His-Blowout (Performer), 1915-The-Escape-of-Broncho-Billy (Performer), 1915-The-Convict's-Threat (Performer), 1915-The-Bell-Hop (Performer), 1915-Others-Started-It,-But-Sophie-Finished (Performer), 1915-A-Bunch-of-Matches (Performer), 1915-How-Slippery-Slim-Saw-the-Show (Performer), 1915-The-Undertaker's-Uncle (Performer), 1915-Sweedie-Learns-to-Ride (Performer), 1915-Sweedie's-Hopeless-Love (Performer), 1915-Sweedie-and-Her-Dog (Performer), 1915-The-Clubman's-Wager (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-and-the-Hypnotist (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-at-the-Fair (Performer), 1914-Countess-Sweedie (Performer), 1914-The-Laundress (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-Springs-a-Surprise (Performer), 1914-Sweedie-and-the-Double-Exposure (Performer), 1909-The-Sleeping-Tonic (Performer), 1909-The-Rubes-and-the-Bunco-Men (Performer), 1909-Midnight-Disturbance (Performer), 1909-Ben-Gets-a-Duck-and-Is-Ducked (Performer), 1908-Breaking-Into-Society (Performer), 1935-Starlit-Days-at-the-Lido (in person), 1934-Hollywood-on-Parade-No.-B-9 (in person), 1932-Hollywood-on-Parade (in person), 1923-Hollywood (in person), 1944-Once-Over-Lightly (Performer), 1935-Keystone-Hotel (Performer), 1934-The-Law-of-the-Wild (Performer), 1932-Million-Dollar-Legs (Performer), 1931-Our-Wife (Performer), 1928-The-Wife's-Relations (Performer), 1928-Holding-His-Own (Performer), 1928-Why-Babies-Leave-Home (Performer), 1927-The-Pride-of-Pikeville (Performer), 1926-A-Blonde's-Revenge (Performer), 1926-A-Prodigal-Bridegroom (Performer), 1925-Steel-Preferred (Performer), 1925-Hogan's-Alley (Performer), 1924-The-Reel-Virginian (Performer), 1924-Romeo-and-Juliet (Performer), 1921-She-Sighed-by-the-Seaside (Performer), 1919-Salome-vs.-Shenandoah (Performer), 1919-No-Mother-to-Guide-Him (Performer), 1918-Hide-and-Seek,-Detectives (Performer), 1918-Love-Loops-the-Loop (Performer), 1918-The-Battle-Royal (Performer), 1918-Watch-Your-Neighbor (Performer)
  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 250854
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 250854
    Ben Turpin signs an album leaf and draws a self character in black ink. Signature: "Always wear a/smile/Ben Turpin/Beverly Hills, Ca," 1p, 4¾x4-3/8.

    Price: $700.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED 09/26/1928 - HFSID 42467
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED 09/26/1928 - HFSID 42467
    He signs this autograph endorsement on a Western Union telegram agreeing to do publicity! Autograph Endorsement Signed: "Ben Turpin" in pencil, 1p, 8x6¾ Western Union telegram. Houston, Texas, 1928 September 26.

    Price: $220.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 250452
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 250452
    His eyes were insured by Lloyds of London. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To/Edward/Lisy/Best Wishes/Ben Turpin". B/w, 5¼x8 overall, image 4½x7 (one surface).

    Sale Price $765.00

    $900.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 295829
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 295829
    6¼x9¼ sepia image of the cross-eyed actor, inscribed to a brother Elk Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my Bro/Elk/Best Wishes/Ben Turpin". Sepia, 6¼x9¼.

    Price: $1,200.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 09/29/1921 - HFSID 283478
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 09/29/1921 - HFSID 283478
    $300 check signed in 1921 by comedian Ben Turpin, who was known for playing suave, sophisticated and severely cross-eyed characters Check signed "Ben Turpin". Black ink notations in unknown hand. 8½x3¼, perforated top and left edges. Sept. 29, 1921.

    Sale Price $425.00

    $500.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 11/07/1921 - HFSID 278810
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 11/07/1921 - HFSID 278810
    He signs an $8.10 personal check to the Sunset Canyon Country Club in 1921. Check signed: "Ben Turpin", 8¼x3¼. Los Angeles, California, 1921 November 7. Check no.

    Price: $500.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 11/12/1921 - HFSID 277620
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 11/12/1921 - HFSID 277620
    He signs and dates a $10 personal check in 1921. Check signed: "Ben Turpin", 8¾x3¼. Los Angeles, California, 1921 November 12. Check no. 381, drawn on Turpin's personal account at the Bank of Italy (Broadway branch, Los Angeles), payable to Geo. S. Slicton for $10.

    Price: $500.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 277619
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 277619
    Sepia-toned photograph by L.A. Wicke, signed "Best Wishes", of Turpin examining a broken golf club with his signature cross-eyed gaze. Photograph signed "Best Wishes/Ben Turpin". Also signed "Photo by/L.A. Wicke". B/w sepia-toned, 9¾x7½.

    Price: $600.00

  • BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 147206
    BEN TURPIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 147206
    Small sepia publicity photograph of Ben Turpin posing with four others on the golf course. Photograph signed: "Best Wishes/Ben Turpin." Sepia, 6¾x4¾. The silent screen comedian is pictured with four others on the golf course. Photograph by T.A. Wilke.

    Price: $400.00

  • BEN TURPIN - CONTRACT SIGNED 02/05/1929 - HFSID 27423
    BEN TURPIN - CONTRACT SIGNED 02/05/1929 - HFSID 27423
    Turpin signed this contract with agent Ben H. Rothwell in 1929 to emcee a three-day event at the Yost Broadway Theatre in Santa Ana, California Contract signed: "Ben Turpin", 1 page with blue paper cover, 8x12¾ contract with 9x13½ cover.

    Price: $900.00

  • BEN TURPIN - CONTRACT SIGNED 04/26/1927 - HFSID 29724
    BEN TURPIN - CONTRACT SIGNED 04/26/1927 - HFSID 29724
    Turpin signed this contract with Marion Mack Productions in 1927 to work for them at a rate of $500.00 per day Contract signed: "Ben Turpin", 1 page, 7½x10. Hollywood, California, 1927 April 26. Turpin signed this contract to appear in a movie for Marion Mack Productions.

    Price: $900.00

  • BEN TURPIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/25/1927 - HFSID 43207
    BEN TURPIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/25/1927 - HFSID 43207
    Turpin signed this contract with Senate & Harding Theatre in 1927 to perform six performances in two-days for $400.00. Contract signed: "Ben Turpin", 1 page, 8½x13. Turpin signed this contract for three performances daily for two days commencing on Monday, June 27, 1927.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

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

    Price: $500.00

  • BEN TURPIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/27/1929 - HFSID 43353
    BEN TURPIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/27/1929 - HFSID 43353
    Ben Turpin signs a document agreeing to pay a fellow actor in his act $50.00 per week. Typed Document Signed: "Ben Turpin", 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1929 July 27. Countersigned: "M.V. Kane" and two witnesses.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • BEN TURPIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 08/24/1931 - HFSID 47619
    BEN TURPIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 08/24/1931 - HFSID 47619
    Ben Turpin signed this contract with the Billy Joy Agency in California for an engagement at Erlanger's in 1931. Contract signed: "Ben Turpin", 1 page, 8½x12¾. Hollywood, California, 1931 August 24.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

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