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    Gene Wilder "Willy Wonka" rehearsal cane from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. (Paramount, 1971) In the history of grand screen entrances, Gene Wilder's spectacular pratfall as "Willy Wonka" is one of the greatest. Wilder accepted the role under one condition and is quoted as saying, in part: "When I make my first entrance, I'd like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet...I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause." In this way, the cane would become a major component of Wilder's character and the choreography of that legendary entrance would depend on his skill in handling it. This is Wilder's rehearsal cane consisting of a 35 in. long staff with 3.5 x 2 in. metal grip cast with scroll and filigree designs and a 1.25 in. metal cane tip. The knobby ebony wooden shaft measures 1.5 in. in circumference. Exhibiting signs of production use and wear. With black tape where grip joins the shaft, but simply for cosmetic purposes as the structure remains solid without breaks or weakness. In vintage production used fine condition. This cane is referred to in director Mel Stuart's book, Pure Imagination, as having been retained by the film's construction coordinator, Hank Wynands, and comes with an LOA by Wynands stating his 12-year-old son was personally gifted the cane on set at end of production by Gene Wilder.

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    June, 2017
    26th Monday
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    The movie quite literally changed my life. I have included a pic of me in Sly's Rocky 3 Cashmere overcoat, would much appreciate if it is possible for you to forward this email to Sly to let him know the overcoat is in good hands, and will be well taken care of, (as will be the Rambo knife forging tools, the other lot I won!) Wish you very happy holidays and a great 2016!
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