BASIL RATHBONE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/13/1944 - HFSID 264952
Sale Price $510.00
BASIL RATHBONE. Typed DS: "Basil Rathbone" under "Approved and Accepted" on second page, 2p, 8½x11. Culver City, California, 1944 April 13. In letter form to Mr. Basil Rathbone, c/o Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, California from Loew's Incorporated. Loew's Incorporated gives Rathbone permission to appear on a broadcast of the Treasury Department radio program on April 13, 1944. In part: "On condition (but only on condition), that your services in connection therewith will not interfere with any services which we may require of you under your contract of employment with us dated March 26, 1942, we consent to the rendition by you of your services in conjunction with a broadcast of TREASURY DEPARTMENT radio program which is to take place on April 13, 1944...Prior to the performance by you of any services in or in connection with said broadcast, the material to be used on such broadcast shall have been submitted to our Publicity Department for approval, and shall have been approved in writing...."Also signed by the Assistant Treasurer of Loew's. British actor Basil Rathbone (1892-1967), who appeared on Broadway 23 times and won the 1948 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (The Heiress), is also known for his film work in period costume dramas. He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and King Louis XVI in If I Were King (1938). He also appeared as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1934), Evremonde in Tale of Two Cities (1935), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Pompeii (1936), Karenin in Anna Karenina (1936) and Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). In 1939, Rathbone was cast as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of 14 screen appearances as Conan Doyle's master detective. In 1944, the year he signed this document, Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes in three films he made for Universal: Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman, The Pearl of Death and The Scarlet Claw, considered by many to be his finest Sherlock Holmes film. He also starred in Bathing Beauty for MGM and Frenchman's Creek for Paramount. Rathbone, who also played Sherlock Holmes on radio from 1939-1946, appeared on a number of radio shows in 1944, including two episodes of The Silver Theater (CBS), The Jack Benny Show (NBC), Duffy's Tavern (Blue Network) and Yarns for Yanks (a program for the Armed Forces Radio Service). Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left corners, 2 file holes and light paper clip impressions at upper blank margin. Date stamp at upper right margin. Light nailhead-size stain between last two paragraphs on first page, signature page lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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