BORIS KARLOFF - CONTRACT SIGNED 01/19/1953 - HFSID 285487
Special Sale Price $1,760.00
Signed contract with Universal Pictures to portray Dr. Jekyll in the film Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Document signed: "Boris Karloff", 1 page, 8½x13 w/2 Riders attached to verso. No place, 1953 January 19. Screen Actors Guild Minimum Freelance Contract, committing Boris Karloff to portray Dr. Jekyll in a film with the working title Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Karloff is to receive $5,000 per week for a minimum of three weeks, beginning on or about January 27, 1953. Karloff consents to have 1% of each installment of his compensation deducted for payment to the Motion Picture Relief Fund. English actor Boris Karloff (1887-1969, born William Henry Pratt) had originally wanted a career in the diplomatic service, but he instead became one of Hollywood's most frightening actors. In 1931, he starred as the monster in the original Frankenstein, a role that had been turned down by Bela Lugosi. Karloff, who again scared movie-goers in the films The Mummy (1932) and The Ghoul (1933), also hosted and occasionally starred in the TV series Thriller. He gave one of the best of his many film performances in the 1968 Peter Bogdanovich film Targets, in which he virtually played himself: an aging star of horror movies. Dr. Seuss fans may know him in a very different role: as the narrator and the voice of the Grinch in the 1966 TV show How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, now a holiday classic. The film featured here was the last in a series in which Abbott and Costello tangled with various Universal Picture monsters. Karloff appeared only as Jekyll in this film, the role of Hyde falling to stuntman Eddie Parker, wearing a scary mask. Lightly creased. Fine condition. 8½x11, 2nd page. Lightly creased. Notch at lower right edge. Fine condition. 8½x13, 3rd page. Notch at lower right edge.2 filing holes at top edge. Otherwise fine condition. All pages with 4 staples on left edge.
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