BORIS KARLOFF - CONTRACT SIGNED 05/12/1951 - HFSID 158313
Sale Price $935.00
He agrees to star as Charles Laughton's servant in a film based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story.
Contract signed: "Boris Karloff", 2p, 9x18¾. (California), 1951 May 12. Countersigned: "Robert A. Palmer" for Universal Pictures. Headed: "Screen Actors Guild Minimum Contract for Free Lance Players". In part: "This Agreement...between Universal Pictures Company, Inc. (hereinafter called 'Producer'), and Boris Karloff (hereinafter called 'Artist'). Witnesseth: 1. Role and Salary: The Producer hereby engages the Artist to render services as such in the role of Voltan, in a photoplay, the working title of which is now 'THE DOOR', at a salary of SIX THOUSAND Dollars ($6,000.00) per week...." Lightly creased (not at signature). 4 file holes at upper margin. Staple holes at margins. 1/8-inch separation (all intact) at lower horizontal fold at blank left margin. Accompanied by a Typed DS: "K. McTaggart", initialed: "B.K." by Karloff, 1½p, 8½x11, separate sheets. "Inter-Office Communication" to Palmer and seven others from Kathryn McTaggart, Legal Department. In part:"The producer agrees to mention the name of the artist on the positive prints of, and in the paid advertising and publicity issued by the producer in connection with, the original English language version of the aforesaid photoplay. In giving such credit the name of the artist shall appear as costar in connection with said photoplay and shall be displayed in size of type as large as that used to display the name of any other member of the cast of said photoplay...." Lightly creased, diagonal crease through Karloff's initials. 4 file holes and staple holes at upper margin of first page, staple holes at blank left margin of second page. Stamped on verso of first page (light show through). The Door, retitled The Strange Door, costarred BORIS KARLOFF and Charles Laughton. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's story, The Sire deMaletroit's Door, the film stars Laughton as French aristocrat Alan deMaletroit. Angered when his sweetheart jilts him in favor of his brother Edmond, deMaletroit locks Edmond in his castle dungeon. Years later, continuing his revenge, he forces Edmond's daughter Blanche into a marriage with a disreputable man named Dennis deBeaulieu. Imprisoned within the walls of the castle by deMaletroit, Blanche and Dennis fall in love, then conspire with deMaletroit's long-suffering servant Voltan (Boris Karloff) to escape.Two items.
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