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CHARLES LAUGHTON - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/18/1948 - HFSID 255545

CHARLES LAUGHTON Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton signed this document in 1948 to confirm his agreement to appear on a radio adaptation of the play Laburnum Grove, for which he would be paid $2,500. Document signed "Charles Laughton" and by a representative of the Theatre Guild, Inc.

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CHARLES LAUGHTON
Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton signed this document in 1948 to confirm his agreement to appear on a radio adaptation of the play Laburnum Grove, for which he would be paid $2,500.
Document signed "Charles Laughton" and by a representative of the Theatre Guild, Inc. Blue ink initials in unknown hand on verso. 2 pages, 8½x11, 1 sheet, front and verso. March 18, 1948. Addressed to Mr. Charles Laughton c/o John E. Gibbs & Co., New York City. Laughton signed this to confirm his agreement with the Theatre Guild to appear on an April 25, 1948 radio adaptation of the play Laburnum Grove. He was to be paid $2,500 for this performance. Laughton had one movie credit in 1948, a starring role in the film noir The Big Clock. British stage and screen actor Laughton (1899-1962) won the 1932-1933 Best Actor Academy Award for The Private Life of Henry VIII, which he had reprised from his stage role, and he was nominated for Best Actor Oscars for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957). Laughton, who made his film debut in 1928, starred in a long list of feature films, including Island of Lost Souls (1933), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Les Misérables (1935), The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Jamaica Inn (both in 1939), It Started With Eve (1941), The Canterville Ghost (1944), Captain Kidd (1945), Young Bess (1953, in which he played King Henry VIII), Spartacus (1960) and Advise and Consent (1962, his last film). The multitalented performer, who became an American citizen in 1950, was also a prolific stage director (he only directed one major film, 1955's Night of the Hunter), producer and drama teacher. Laughton also made several appearances on television from 1949, including roles in several early anthology series, and gave popular one-man tours, reading the works of authors including George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare. Laughton, who was a veteran of World War I, was married to actress Elsa Lanchester from February 9, 1929 until his death on December 15, 1962. According to Lanchester, Laughton would never have made a film if it had been left up to him. Nervous about his performances, Laughton was always threatening to quit early in a production. Lightly toned and creased. Light show-through from initials and typing on verso (does not touch signatures). Folded twice and unfolded. Light separation along bottom fold at left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.

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