CECIL B. DEMILLE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 251871
Sale Price $450.00
CECIL B. deMILLE
The Academy Award-winning producer and director, best known for his Bibical epics, testifies before Congress in February 1947, asking for a banned on closed shops.
Photograph signed: "Greetings -/Cecil B. deMille." B/w, 8x10¼. Associated Press Photograph. Typed caption affixed to verso. In full: "De Mille Asks Congress Ban Closed Shop/Cecil B. De Mille (above), movie producer, asking that Congress ban the closed shop, testifies in Washington Feb. 14 before the Senate Labor Committee. He told the committee that under a closed shop a union controls 'the right to work' and thereby 'the right to live.' Date stamp from the Washington Post Library above caption: "Received/Feb 15 1947". 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. Adequate contrast. Lightly creased and slightly soiled at blank margins and corners. Minor surface creases and scratches (most not evident head on). Tape remnants, glue stains and pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso, minor impression of writing at upper background of photograph. Overall, fine and historic.
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