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BORDEN CHASE - CONTRACT SIGNED 09/22/1944 - HFSID 178223

The Hollywood actor signs an agreement between RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. to complete a screenplay based in his original and unpublished story "That Man Alone" using both his birth name and professional name. The actor also and responds a questionnaire

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BORDEN CHASE
The Hollywood actor signs an agreement between RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. to complete a screenplay based in his original and unpublished story "That Man Alone" using both his birth name and professional name. The actor also and responds a questionnaire
Contract Signed: "Borden Chase" and "Frank G. Fowler" in black ink.13x8½. 28 pages. No place, September 22, 1944. Agreement between RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. and Borden Chase to complete a screenplay based on the original and unpublished story entitled That Man Malone, written by him at a salary of $10,000.00 dollars ($1,000.00) a week. The term of employment commencing not later than January 2, 1945. Borden Chase (1900-1971) was an American writer who went through an assortment of jobs, including driving for gangster Frankie Yale and working as a sandhog on the construction of New York's Holland Tunnel, before turning to writing, first short stories and novels, and later, screenplays. When 20th Century Fox produced Under Pressure (1935), his screen adaptation of his novel, Sandhog (based on his Holland Tunnel experience), he moved to Hollywood and changed his name to Borden Chase, apparently getting his nominal inspiration from Borden Milk and Chase Manhattan Bank. Borden provided the story for Anthony Mann's first film, Dr. Broadway (1942), but his screenplays for the director's 1950s westerns, Winchester'73 (1950), Bend of the River (1952) and The Far Country (1954), along with his Academy Award nomination for Howard Hawks' seminal Red River (1948), were his crowning achievements. Chase was an active member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, an anti-Communist group which was active in Hollywood during the years of the Hollywood blacklist. When 20th Century Fox produced Under Pressure (1935), his screen adaptation of his novel, Sandhog (based on his Holland Tunnel experience), he moved to Hollywood and changed his name to Borden Chase, allegedly getting his nominal inspiration from Borden Milk and Chase Manhattan Bank. The Borden Chase cocktail is named after him. Sealed. Staple holes at upper blank margin. Pin head holes (last page). Lightly toned and wrinkled. Ink slightly faded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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