CHARLES D. COBURN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/05/1947 CO-SIGNED BY: RICHARD HUNGATE - HFSID 287742
Sale Price $342.00
Supplementary agreement with David O. Selznick's production company detailing Coburn's listing in the credits of The Paradine Case
Document signed: "Charles Coburn", 4 pages, 8½x11. Also signed "Richard Hungate". New York, N.Y., 1947 March 5. Supplemental agreement with Vanguard Films (of producer David O. Selznick) stipulating Coburn's billing in a pending movie, The Paradine Case. Coburn is to be billed right after Charles Laughton, and no lower than fifth in the list of credits. However, his name need not be mentioned in "trailers" or any special advertising for the film.Broadway actor, producer and director Coburn (1877-1961), with his wife, Iva Wells, led a Shakespearean company, the Coburn Shakespeare Players, from 1906 to 1937. Only after her death did he close the company and move to Hollywood. Coburn did not appear in his first feature film (Of Human Hearts) until 1938, when he was 61. In 1940, he portrayed Dr. Henry Gordon, who unjustly amputated Drake McHugh's (Ronald Reagan) legs in Kings Row, resulting in the future President's greatest screen line (and title of his first autobiography): "Where's the rest of me?" Coburn was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (1941, The Devil and Miss Jones; 1943, The More the Merrier; 1946, The Green Years), winning in 1943. He did appear in a supporting role in The Paradine Case, but the film proved expensive to make and disappointing at the box office. As a result, producer Selznick became disenchanted with director Alfred Hitchcock, and never worked with him again. RICHARD HUNGATE, a lawyer employed by producer David O. Selznick, became a partner of a private firm, Youngman, Hungate and Leopold in 1954. While Hungate was with the firm - he retired in 1980 - it represented Farah Fawcett, sued for breach of contract for leaving the cast of Charlie's Angels; and also Universal Studios, sued by Twentieth Century Fox and Lucas Films on the grounds that the TV series Battlestar Galactica (1978) was a copyright infringement on Star Wars. Both cases were ultimately settled out of court. Lightly toned. File holes at left edge. Staple holes at top edge. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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