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AUDIE MURPHY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/12/1954 - HFSID 187761

AUDIE MURPHY Document signed by Murphy to be compensated for the rights to televise his film Bad Boy. Partly Printed Document Signed: "Audie Murphy", 1p, 8¼x11. No place, 1954 November 12. Concerning the film Bad Boy starring Audie Murphy as Danny.

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AUDIE MURPHY
Document signed by Murphy to be compensated for the rights to televise his film Bad Boy.
Partly Printed Document Signed: "Audie Murphy", 1p, 8¼x11. No place, 1954 November 12. Concerning the film Bad Boy starring Audie Murphy as Danny. He was originally paid $5,000 for his role. He agrees to accept 12½% of that sum ($625) as "full and complete compensation...for the right to televise the acts, poses and appearances of the undersigned in said picture...." In his first starring role, Murphy plays Danny Lester, a juvenile delinquent sentenced to Variety Club Ranch in lieu of jail. Danny goes on to graduate from Texas A&M's ROTC program. Audie Murphy (1924-1971) was born to a poor Irish sharecropper in Kingston, Texas. He would become the most decorated United States soldier in World War II and a successful movie star. Having always dreamed of joining the military he changed his birthdate to join The United States Army when he was only seventeen. During the war Murphy was promoted several times and eventually took command of his own company. On January 26, 1945 his unit was part of the battle at Holtzwihr, France. After his unit was reduced to the strength of nineteen men he sent all of his men to the rear while he covered. After running out of ammunition Murphy climbed into a burning tank destroyer and began cutting down German infantry with its .50 caliber machine gun. Continuing single handedly, with the help of artillery he called in, he fought back the Germans for over an hour. He organized a counter attack and would drive the enemy from Holtzwihr. For his valor on the day he was awarded the Medal of Honor. His service during the war gained him thirty three U.S. medals, including every medal available at the time. After the war he suffered from various mental illnesses and became very outspoken about his own problems with Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome. In 1945 actor James Cagney invited Murphy to come work in Hollywood. In 1949 he got his first leading role in the film Bad Boy. In 1949 he released a ghostwritten Autobiography To Hell and Back which became a national bestseller. In the 1955 film version of the book he portrayed himself and To Hell and Back became Universal's biggest hit at the time. He spent twenty five years in Hollywood, making forty four feature films. He also appeared on television and became a successful country music songwriter. On May 28, 1971 Murphy died when his private plane crashed in Virginia, he was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. In two places, the letter "E" has been added in ink in another hand to the typed: "AUDI". Two file holes at top blank margin, folds, creases. Surface wear at top margin, tip of left corner missing. Remnants of yellow paper along bottom edge.

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