THE GREAT DICTATOR (A Promotional Brochure in Color, for the movie)

[Charlie Chaplin] United Artists

Published by United Artists (no Date Bur Circa 1940), 1940
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Title: THE GREAT DICTATOR (A Promotional Brochure ...

Publisher: United Artists (no Date Bur Circa 1940)

Publication Date: 1940

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: Photos Produced with Lithography, in Color and Tinted black and White

Book Condition: Very Good


Uncommon, strikingly colorful pamphlet for the Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator that co-starred Paulette Goddard. Has many interesting photos, many in color, of actors and scenes from the movie. Also a wonderful drawing on the first inside page of a caricature of Hitler (Chaplin) and Mussolini (played by Jack Oakie) in a car each giving a fascist salute to a crowd of bystanders as the car speeds by. Hitler's salute as caricatured in the drawing is limpt wristed, and this same limp wristed "sieg heil" salute is also caricatured for the color photo of Chaplin in costume as the great dictator on the front cover. This is a sixteen page brochure including the front and back covers. A vertical fold line is the only serious condition flaw. A few other less serious creases. Somebody obviously folded this over to insert into a coat pocket at one time. The vertical fold line does not seriously interfere with the striking attractiveness of this copy, which is still striking with its vibrant use of color. Large photo of Chaplin next to his bio is in black and white and he is out of costume and without his mustache for that photo. Back cover has drawing in miniature of the character of the Little Tramp walking away from the viewer, arm in arm with the little woman of his dreams. At bottom of back cover is shown the original price of 25 cents. At lower right corner of back cover is credit for 'Litho U.S.A." Several of the leading actors and actresses are shown in color in their costumes, and there are several scenes from the movie also in color. Other scenes in color tinted black and white. Credits for actors and others involved in making the movie, including a credit for the music which was composed by Meredith Willson. Pamphlet is staple bound. Upper right corner of front cover with some creasing from dog eared type bending but not torn. Covers still firmly attached. Title page lettering in pink, green and blue in addition to black. Charles Chaplin given credit for writing and directing with statement "Released thru United Artists." Bit of light soiling from smudging to the title page blank field. A fascinating memento of an important Hollywood movie that came out just before the U.S. entered WWII. Folio (12 Inches High By 9 Inches wide), 16pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2123

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