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CECIL B. DEMILLE - FIRST DAY COVER WITH AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 253376

CECIL B. deMILLE The legendary producer and director, who was planning to make a film on the history of the Boy Scouts of America at the time of his death, signs a First Day Cover honoring the organization. First Day Cover signed: "Greetings from/Cecil B/deMille", 6½x3¾.

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CECIL B. deMILLE
The legendary producer and director, who was planning to make a film on the history of the Boy Scouts of America at the time of his death, signs a First Day Cover honoring the organization.
First Day Cover signed: "Greetings from/Cecil B/deMille", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring the Boy Scouts of America's National Jubilee, held at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in June 1950, 3-cent Boy Scouts of America stamp affixed, postmarked Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, June 30, 1950, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. At the time of his death in 1959, deMille was involved in producing and directing an epic film on the creation of the Boy Scouts. The script for the film, which was to star James "Jimmy" Stewart, and an extensive collection of research materials were found among his estate papers. 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. Lightly creased, rippled at cachet. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.

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