BUSBY BERKELEY - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/28/1938 - HFSID 254752
Sale Price $595.00
Busby Berkeley signs a contract with Loew's Incorporated as a dance director and creator on Broadway Serenade
Contract Signed: "Busby Berkeley", 4p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Culver City, California, 1938 December 28. Loew's Incorporated hires Berkeley "as a dance director and creator of dance numbers in connection with our photoplay now entitled 'BROADWAY SERENADE'...at the rate of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) per week...." Countersigned by an officer of Loew's. After years at Warner Bros., Broadway Serenade was Berkeley's first film for M-G-M. It starred Jeannette McDonald and Lew Ayres. Director and choreographer Busby Berkeley (1895-1976) is famed for his spectacular musical production numbers, featuring scores of chorus girls. Beginning with hit Broadway musicals in the 1920s, Berkeley moved to films with the advent of sound, producing hit musical films like 42nd Street (1933). When not choreographing and directing musical extravaganzas, he proved a skilled director of serious dramas like They Made Me a Criminal (1939). At age 75, he came out of retirement to direct a Broadway revival of No No Nanette. Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper margins (½-inch tears above staple holes at right on first 2 pages, all paper intact), file holes at upper margins. Otherwise, fine condition.
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