CECIL B. DEMILLE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 05/01/1947 - HFSID 253144
Sale Price $342.00
CECIL B. deMILLE
Check signed by the Academy Award-winning producer and director in 1947, the year he produced and directed Unconquered, appeared as himself in Jens Mansson in America and Variety Girl and spoke before Congress, asking for a ban on closed shops.
Check signed: "Cecil B. deMille", 7x3. Hollywood, California, 1947 May 1. Check No. 578, drawn on the Special Account of Cecil B. De Mille Productions, Inc. at the Bank of America, Hollywood Main Office, payable to Cecil B. de Mille Productions, Inc. for $1250.15. Noted to be for "Distribution of Funds". Also signed in unknown hand on front. Stamped endorsement on verso. In 1947, deMille produced and directed one feature film, Unconquered. He also appeared as himself in two films, Jens Mansson in America and Variety Girl. In February 1947, deMille appeared before Congress, asking for the body to ban the closed shop, which deMille felt gave unions control over "the right to work" and thereby "the right to live." The 1947 Taft-Hartley Act outlawed closed shops and unfair union practices and authorized the President to seek federal court injunctions in cases of impending strikes that would threaten the national interest. The bill's co-author, U.S. Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, said that the law would not have been passed without deMille's celebrity bringing nationwide awareness of abuse of unions' powers. Cecil Blount DeMille (1881-1959) won an Academy Award for Best Picture for The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), for which he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar, and he was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture for The Ten Commandments (1956). DeMille, who produced his first film (The Squaw Man) in 1914 and his last (The Buccaneer) in 1958, crafted several Westerns, such asThe Plainsman (1937) and other films, including The Greatest Show on Earth, but he is best known for producing and directing epic films (both silents and "talkies") inspired by the Bible and other themes of antiquity. These include The Ten Commandments (both the 1923 and 1956 versions), The King of Kings (1927), Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934) and Samson and Delilah (1949). He also produced such films as Adam's Rib (1923), The Volga Boatman (1926), The Buccaneer (1938), Union Pacific (1939), Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and The War of the Worlds (1953). DeMille, who appeared in several of his films, also wrote the stories and plays upon which several films were based. He also hosted and directed Lux Radio Theatre from 1936-1945, and DeMille was one of the 36 co-founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Slightly creased. Bank cancellation holes nick the "l" in Cecil and the "B" of signature. Minor show through of bank stamp on verso at "deMille". Fine condition.
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