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Auction History Result

a081 BETTER 'OLE 8x10 movie still '26 best Syd Chaplin portrait!

Date Sold 4/3/2008
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An Original Vintage Theatrical 8" x 10" Movie Still (Learn More)

The Better 'ole, the 1926 Charles Reisner silent World War I (WWI) military comedy (based on the 1919 play by Bruce Bairnsfather and Arthur Elliott, which was based on Bairnsfather's comic strip, "Old Bill") starring Syd Chaplin (as Old Bill), Harold Goodwin, Jack Ackroyd, Edgar Kennedy, Charles K. Gerrard and Theo Lorch. Note that Bruce Bairnsfather was an English soldier who rose to prominence during World War I, when he became a cartoonist and had a comic strip concerning a character called Old Bill. Immediately after the war, he wrote a play called "The Better 'Ole" (the title of which came from one of his classic strips, showing two English soldiers arguing over a foxhole, and one saying "If you know of a better 'ole, take it").
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Important Added Info: Note that a paper snipe was glued to the back of the still, and then folded over to the front. This was done rather than gluing the snipe to the back, so that the snipe could be unfolded and the still could be displayed with the snipe unfolded, which would let moviegoers read the information on the snipe in the lobby (and of course, the snipe would be folded backwards, so it would not show). This was done with many stills of the 1930s, but often, the snipes are either partially or completely lost, because it is easier for them to be torn off. UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, THE SNIPE DOES NOT HAVE ANY EFFECT ON THE FRONT OF THE STILL!

Condition: very good to fine.
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