BRIAN DONLEVY - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 11/14/1946 - HFSID 289248
BRIAN DONLEVY Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Brian Donlevy's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Donlevy, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Brian Donlevy's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Donlevy, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Brian Donlevy", 1 page, 8½x11. No place, 1946 November 14. Brian Donlevy grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 to use his name, autograph, photographic likeness, or artist's sketch of the likeness, for reproduction on engraved, embossed or printed stamps, and in stamp albums, and in connection with the advertising and exploitation of these stamps and stamp albums for sale throughout the world. Brian Donlevy (1889-1972) appeared on Broadway and in supporting silent film roles in the 1920s. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Beau Geste (1939) and a New York Film Critics Best Actor nomination for Wake Island (1942), the former as a villain, the latter as a hero. He starred in his last film, Pit Stop, in 1969. He produced and starred in a radio/TV series, Dangerous Assignment, in the early 1950s. The Motion Picture Relief Fund was founded in 1921 to assist ill and needy film industry veterans, as expressed in its motto: "We take care of our own." The fund raised money through voluntary payroll deductions and celebrity events. As President of the Fund from 1939 until his death in 1956, film and radio star Jean Hersholt conceived Hollywood Star Stamps as a fundraising method. These stamps, 468 in all, were sold at dime stores after World War II in sheets of 6-12, at 10 cents per sheet, and were an immediate hit with collectors. Now called the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the non-profit organization funds its own hospital and retirement home. It confers the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award annually at the Academy Awards ceremony to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Three filing holes at left. Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Pencil marks (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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