ADOLPHE MENJOU and ANDREW L. STONE The actor contracts for his hilarious role as Colonel Phyffe in Andrew L. Stone's 1943 screwball comedy, Hi, Diddle Diddle. Partly Printed Contract signed: "Adolphe J.

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The actor contracts for his hilarious role as Colonel Phyffe in Andrew L. Stone's 1943 screwball comedy, Hi, Diddle Diddle.
Partly Printed Contract signed: "Adolphe J. Menjou" as Artist and "Andrew L Stone,/President" for Andrew Stone Productions, Inc. in ink on verso, 2p, 8½x22, front and verso. No place, but probably Hollywood, 1943 February 5. Headed: "Screen Actors Guild Minimum Contract for Free Lance Players". Agreement between Andrew Stone Productions, Inc. (Andrew L. Stone, President) and Menjou for his role as Colonel Phyffe in Stone's 1943 comedy, tentatively titled High-Diddle-Diddle. In part: "The Producer hereby engages the Artist to render services as such in the role of Wellington Phyffe, in a photoplay, the working title of which is now 'HIGH-DIDDLE-DIDDLE', at a salary of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00)...The term of employment hereunder shall begin on or about the 5th to 20th day of April, 1943...The Producer shall be deemed to have agreed to guarantee to the Artist that it will furnish the Artist not less than one (1) week's employment hereunder...The Producer Artist agrees to furnish all modern wardrobe and wearing apparel reasonably necessary for the portrayal of said role...." The contract lists a total of 33 points for the film, which was released in 1943 as Hi Diddle Diddle. Menjou received third billing for his role as Colonel Hector (not Wellington as proposed in this contract) Phyffe, a con-man who determines to recover the swindled life savings of Mrs. Prescott, the mother of his son's bride-to-be. The comedy, which also starred Dennis O'Keefe, Martha Scott, Billie Burke and Pola Negri and featured June Havoc, was directed and produced by Stone. The film, which was also called Diamonds and Crime and Try and Find it, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score - Drama or Comedy. It is interesting to note that Menjou, not the producer, has contracted to supply the wardrobe for the character - as Menjou was known for being a "clothes horse". In 1943, Menjou also starred in Sweet Rosie O'Grady. Stage, screen and television actor ADOLPHE MENJOU (1890-1963) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Front Page (1930-1931 Academy). Known for his waxed black mustache and stylish wardrobe, he usually appeared as a dapper man-of-the world in more than 100 films, including A Woman of Paris (1923), Morocco (1930), Little Miss Marker (1934), Stage Door (1937), A Star is Born (1937) and Paths of Glory (1957). His other films include A Farewell to Arms (1932) and Pollyanna (1960), and Menjou also hosted several TV series, including My Favorite Story (1953-1954) and Target. His 1948 autobiography was appropriately titled, It Took Nine Tailors. ANDREW LYSANDER STONE (1902-1999), who began making feature films in 1928, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Julie (1956). A director, producer and screenwriter, his other credits include Stormy Weather (1943, the year Hi Diddle Diddle was released), Cry Terror! (1958), The Last Voyage (1960), Song of Norway (1970) and The Great Waltz (1972, his last feature film). Lightly creased with folds, not at signatures. Emobssed seal touches the last name and title of Stone's signature. Nicked at two places at blank right edge, staple holes at upper blank margin. Overall, fine condition.

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