BASIL RATHBONE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/22/1958 CO-SIGNED BY: JACK HOPE - HFSID 101268
BASIL RATHBONE and JACK HOPE. Typed DS: "Basil Rathbone", 1p, 8½x11. New York, N.Y., 1958 July 22. On letterhead of Hope Enterprises, Inc., Beverly Hills, California, to Rathbone, in care of Ashley-Steiner, Inc.
Sale Price $680.00
BASIL RATHBONE and JACK HOPE. Typed DS: "Basil Rathbone", 1p, 8½x11. New York, N.Y., 1958 July 22. On letterhead of Hope Enterprises, Inc., Beverly Hills, California, to Rathbone, in care of Ashley-Steiner, Inc., New York, regarding royalties to Rathbone for past appearances on The Bob Hope Show radio program. In part: "Hope Enterprises, Inc. has entered into an agreement for the sale or license of repeat recordings of the daytime strip radio program entitled THE BOB HOPE SHOW in which you were a performer. You agree that as full compensation for the rights granted hereunder you will accept the sum of $125.00 per strip in which your recorded performance appears, it being understood that such compensation will be payable for each week in which your performances are used...If Hope Enterprises enters into a contract for the sale or license of these repeat recordings outside of the continental limits of the United States, you hereby grant them world-wide rights to use said recordings as above or which Hope Enterprises, Inc. shall pay you, in addition to the amount set forth above, $12.50 per strip at the same time payment is made for the network broadcast." Signed by Rathbone under "Agreed to and Accepted". Also signed: "Jack Hope" for Hope Enterprises, Inc. 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. He also played Holmes on radio from 1939-1946. Jack HOPE was Bob Hope's brother. Besides his work at Hope Enterprises, he appeared in one film (Star Spangled Rhythm, 1942) and produced another (Alias Jesse James, 1959, starring brother Bob.) Bob Hope dedicated a 1963 book to Jack, "my brother, my producer, my friend." Lightly creased. Fine condition.
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