Thursday, September 2, 2010
"The Great Dictator" Coloring Contest, 1940
The following information is from Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide: THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) Director: Charlie Chaplin; Starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jackie Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Maurice Moscovich, Billy Gilbert and Henry Daniell. Chaplin's first full talkie; unusual comedy combines slapstick, satire and social commentary, as he plays dual role of Jewish ghetto barber and dictator Adenoid Hynkel of Tomania. Unique, surprisingly effective film also features Oakie in unforgettable portrayal of "Benzino Napaloni" of rival country Bacteria."
The two caricatures used for the coloring contest were drawn by the famous caricaturist, Hershfield. The contest appeared in a New York newspaper in October of 1940.