CHARLES BOYER - WAIVER SIGNED 02/08/1956 CO-SIGNED BY: DAVID NIVEN, DICK POWELL, WILLIAM A CRUIKSHANK JR. - HFSID 287622
Sale Price $510.00
FOUR STAR PRODUCTIONS: DICK POWELL, DAVID NIVEN, CHARLES BOYER and WILLIAM A. CRUIKSHANK JR.As board members, they authorize a special meeting of the company and approve a pending merger agreement Waiver signed: "Charles Boyer", "David Niven", "Dick Powell" and "William A. Cruikshank, Jr." all in blue ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Beverly Hills, California, 1956 February 8. The signatories waive notice, and consent to a special meeting of the Board of Directors of Four Star Productions, held the same day. They also approve the merger of Four Star Productions with Four Star Television, Inc. and Official Films, Inc. There is a space allotted for a signature by Don Sharpe (producer of the Four Star Theater and many other TV programs). In 1952, actors Dick Powell, David Niven, Charles Boyer and Ida Lupino formed Four Star International to produce films and television shows. Four Star's focus was always on television, and its first production was the Four Star Theatre, a TV playhouse hosted in rotation by the four actors. Lupino, although a board member, owned no stock in the company, as did Powell, Niven and Boyer. Dick Powell, who believed strongly in the future of television, was the principal moving force in the company. By the late 1950s, the company was producing many television series, including Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Rifleman, The Dick Powell Show and The David Niven Show. After Powell's death (January 2, 1963), the company's role in producing new TV programs rapidly diminished, but Four Star still prospers, under new management, as the owner of syndicated programs. French born actor CHARLES BOYER (1899-1978) was a suave leading man who played opposite some of his era's most glamorous film stars, including Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergmann. He was nominated four times for a Best Actor Oscar: Conquest (1937), Algiers (1938), Gaslight (1944) and Fanny (1961). London-born actor DAVID NIVEN (1910-1983) served with the Highland Infantry in Malta before he worked as a lumberman, news reporter, gunnery instructor to Cuban revolutionists, representative of a London wine firm in the United States, and finally, in 1935, an extra in Mutiny on the Bounty. After several strong supporting roles in the late 1930s, Niven had just had his first role as a leading man (opposite Ginger Rogers in 1939's Bachelor Mother), when World War II broke out. He became the first, and one of the few, British actors to leave Hollywood to re-enlist. After the war, all his roles were starring ones. He notched a Golden Globe for The Moon is Blue (1953), and played Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Moreover, he won the 1959 Academy Award for Best Actor for Separate Tables (1958). Although often cast in light comedies, such as the Pink Panther series (1964 and after), Niven could also play strong action roles, one of which being his performance in The Guns of Navarone (1961). DICK POWELL (1903-1963) sang and played several instruments in live performance and radio in the late 1920s, and had some hit records. He moved to film musicals in the 1930s, including 42nd Street (1933) and The Gold Diggers of 1933 and subsequent years. He moved to dramatic roles in the following decade, beginning by playing Phillip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet (1944). He appeared often on early TV, hosting The Dick Powell Show from 1961 until his early death from cancer. Powell was married to actresses Joan Blondell and June Allyson. WILLIAM A. CRUIKSHANK JR., a lawyer, was President of Four Star, and sat on the board of Official Films. Filing holes at left edge. Corners lightly worn. Lightly toned around edges. Four typewriter impressions holes. Otherwise, fine condition.
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