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CARY GRANT - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/24/1938 CO-SIGNED BY: RANDOLPH SCOTT, MARY BOLAND, JOAN BENNETT, ROBERT "BOB" CUMMINGS, JOHN HOWARD, MARY CARLISLE, HENRY FONDA, FRED MacMURRAY, JOHNNY DOWNS, BING CROSBY, JACK BENNY, BETTY GRABLE - HFSID 285475

Thirteen stars, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Joan Bennett, Henry Fonda, Betty Grable, Fred MacMurray, Robert Cummings, Mary Boland, Mary Carlisle, Johnny Downs and John Howard, all sign a release form allowing promotional use of their pictures and endorsements.

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Thirteen stars, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Joan Bennett, Henry Fonda, Betty Grable, Fred MacMurray, Robert Cummings, Mary Boland, Mary Carlisle, Johnny Downs and John Howard, all sign a release form allowing promotional use of their pictures and endorsements.
Document signed: "Mary Boland", "Mary Carlisle", "Cary Grant", "Randolph Scott", "Bing Crosby", "Jack Benny", "Joan Bennett", "Johnny Downs", Henry Fonda", "Betty Grable", "John Howard", Fred MacMurray" and "Robert Cummings", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1938 May 24. Documentary letter addressed to Richard Kline, Physical Director, Paramount Studios, and to Kline Manufacturing and Sales Co. On letterhead of Paramount Pictures. In full: "For the sum of $1.00, for value received and for services rendered; Unconditional release and my permission is hereby granted for the use of my picture and endorsement in the literature and advertising which will be used in the sale of your products, literature, books and courses." Debonair British-born leading man CART GRANT (1904-1986) won a special Academy Award in 1969 (after two nominations as Best Actor). His films include She Done Him Wrong (1933, with Mae West), Topper (1937), Gunga Din (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963). RANDOLPH SCOTT (1903-1987) debuted in films in 1928 in Sharp Shooters, the first of the many Westerns he would make over his movie career. By the mid-1930s, he was a romantic lead and co-star, and from 1950-1953, Scott was one of the top ten box-office attractions. The virile, weathered Scott is best known for his cowboy roles - in the 1940s and 1950s, he starred in 39 big-budget Westerns, including Virginia City (1940). HARRY LILLIS "BING" CROSBY (1904-1977) won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Actor in Going My Way. He was also nominated for Best Actor for The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) and The Country Girl (1954). Known for his relaxed "crooning" style of singing, Crosby recorded more than 1,600 songs that sold at least 500 million copies. His 1942 single of "White Christmas" sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and was the best-selling single in any music category for more than 50 years. Vaudeville comedian JACK BENNY (1894-1974) hosted a popular radio show from 1933, moving smoothly to TV (1950-1965). Benny appeared in over 25 movies, the most critically acclaimed of which was To Be or Not to Be (1942). Benny's comic image as a tone-deaf, penny-pinching bachelor contradicted the real Benny, a philanthropist, devoted husband and competent violinist. JOAN BENNETT (1910-1990), the daughter of stage actor Richard Bennett and sister of screen actresses Constance and Barbara Bennett, starred in over 40 films, including Bulldog Drummond (1929), Little Women (1933), Father of the Bride (1950) and We're No Angels (1955). Active on the stage in the 1960s, she also starred in the TV series Dark Shadows (1966-1971) and appeared in a number of made-for-television movies. HENRY FONDA (1905-1982) didn't win his first Oscar until 1982, months before his death (for On Golden Pond). Fonda, who served in the US Navy in World War II but saw no combat, made many later films about the conflict. Especially noteworthy were The Longest Day (1962), Battle of the Bulge and In Harm's Way (both 1965). Fonda had narrated a documentary on the Battle of Midway in 1942; in 1976 he portrayed Admiral Chester Nimitz in a dramatization of that clash, Midway. Chosen by the GIs in WWII as their number one "pin-up girl", BETTY GRABLE (1916-1973) appeared in a series of musicals and dramas in the 1940s and early 1950s. Fox publicity insured her legs with Lloyds of London for one million dollars. Grable was married to her second husband, trumpeter-bandleader Harry James from 1943 until they divorced in 1965. Returning to the Broadway stage after her divorce, Grable was successful as a replacement for Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly. Actor FRED MacMURRAY (1908-1991) was equally adept in comedies, dramas and musicals. Among his memorable films were True Confession (1937), Double Indemnity (1944) and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His Disney films included The Shaggy Dog (1959), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and Son of Flubber (1963). MacMurray was best known to TV audiences as widower Steven Douglas, raising My Three Sons from 1960-1972. Known primarily as a comic actor in films from the early 1930s, ROBERT "BOB" CUMMINGS (1910-1990), born Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings, could handle meaty dramatic roles when they were offered (King's Row, 1942; Dial M for Murder, 1954). His frequent TV work included the hit series, The Bob Cummings Show, which also known as Love That Bob (1955-1959), for which he was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959. Cummings was also nominated for an Emmy for his role as Bob S. Beanblossom in My Hero, and he won an Emmy Award for an appearance in "Twelve Angry Men", an episode of the TV anthology series, Studio One. MARY BOLAND (1880-1965) made 11 Broadway appearances, starting in 1907, before making her first film in 1915. Dissatisfied with the acting possibilities of silent movies, she returned full-time to the stage in 1920. Her biggest stage success was in The Cradle Snatchers (1925-1926), as a woman who left her husband for a young lover - acting newcomer Humphrey Bogart! Returning to films in character roles after 1930, she found success in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), The Woman (1939) and Pride and Prejudice (1940). MARY CARLISLE (b. 1912) broke into film in 1930, playing leading roles from 1933 until she retired ten years later. She made as many as 18 films in a year, often featured as the love interest of Bing Crosby (College Humor, 1933; Dr. Rhythm, 1938). JOHNNY DOWNS (1913-1994) appeared as Johnny in numerous Our Gang comedies (1923-1927). An actor who could also sing and dance, he appeared on Broadway and in many "college musicals" of the 1930s. His one directing effort, Call Me Madam, earned a Best Director nomination from the Directors' Guild of America. JOHN HOWARD (1913-1995) is perhaps best known as the star of seven Bulldog Drummond films from 1937-1939. Howard starred in a number of feature films, including Lost Horizon (1937), The Philadelphia Story (1940), The Invisible Woman (1940), Father Takes a Wife (1941) and The High and the Mighty (1954), and appeared in a number of made-for-television movies and series, including Mission Impossible (1972), Baretta (1975) and Little House on the Prairie (1976). Howard had been a television pioneer, starring in Public Defender, the first filmed television series (1947). Lightly toned around edges and creased."J" in Johnny lightly beaded but legible. Adhesive residue at top and bottom edge on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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