Gentlemen, Mr. Chaplin!': The Man and His Millions
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A report from Sydney Sun introduced Charlie Chaplin. The writer had been Mr. Chaplin's guest in Los Angeles for ten days, and under his guidance, met many of the principal stars in filmdom, including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Fanny [sic] Ward, Theda Bara, and William S. Hart. About a year ago, Charlie Chaplin ended his contract with the Essanay, and went east to New York to sell his services to the highest bidder. His popularity was attested by the crowds that clamoured for admission whenever and wherever one of his films was exhibited. Finally, after days' bidding, it was announced that the Mutual Film Corporation had signed a contract with him, and he would receive £2,000 a week for a year of his services, with a cash bonus of £30,000 for signing the contract. His work is worth the money. Other prominent artists such as Clara Kimball Young, Anita Stewart, Norma Talmadge, Mary Pickford, William Hart, Douglas Fairbanks, and many others, all of whom had achieved a great vogue, were able to secure new contracts at wonderful salaries. Detailed salaries included.