BORIS KARLOFF - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/07/1951 CO-SIGNED BY: HOWARD F. TODMAN - HFSID 158321
Sale Price $935.00
BORIS KARLOFF, CO-SIGNED BY: HOWARD F. TODMAN
Contract signed by actor Boris Karloff and Howard F. Todman of game show producer Goodson-Todman Productions in 1951. Karloff signed this contract to appear as a guest panelist on It's News To Me for $500.
Contract signed "Boris Karloff" in blue ink and "Howard F. Todman" as a representative of Goodman-Todman Productions in black ink. 1 page, 8¼x12¼. Dec. 7, 1951. Columbia Broadcasting System and Goodson-Todman Productions contract. Lightly toned, creased and bowed. Staple hole in top left corner. Tears at top and left edges. Folded five times and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: 3 unsigned carbon copy pages of a booking report and an Agreement for Release of Audition Print of Video Recording by MCA Artists, Karloff's agent. Lightly toned and creased. Random carbon copy marks. Staple at top edge of page 1. Missing corner at top left corner of page 1. Binder holes on left edge of pages 1 and 2. Otherwise in fine condition. Karloff signed this contract to appear as a guest panelist on It's News to Me on Dec. 17 at the Mansfield Theatre in New York City. He was to be paid $500 for this appearance, which isn't a bad paycheck for one night's work. KARLOFF (1887-1969, born William Henry Pratt in Camberwell, London, England) was an English actor. Karloff 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 also scared the daylights out of 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. TODMAN (1920-2007, born in New York City) entered the radio industry with his brother William in 1945 after serving in the Amy Air Corps during World War II. Bill branched out into TV during the medium's infancy and co-founded Goodson Todman Productions, which developed game shows like Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth, The Price Is Right, and What's My Line?. Howard eventually rose to the position of treasurer in the company, which was renamed Mark Goodson Productions after Bill's death in 1979.
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