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CHICO (LEONARD) MARX - CONTRACT SIGNED 04/30/1947 - HFSID 67863

CHICO MARX This contract is an agreement between the comedian and his business agent to continue their professional relationship Printed Contract signed: "Chico Marx", 1p, 8½x10¾, front and verso. London, England, April 30, 1947.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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CHICO MARX This contract is an agreement between the comedian and his business agent to continue their professional relationship Printed Contract signed: "Chico Marx", 1p, 8½x10¾, front and verso. London, England, April 30, 1947. Marx hired Fosters' Agency as his agent from April 30, 1947 to March 31, 1948. Countersigned by a representative of Fosters' Agency. Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961) was the oldest of the five Marx Brothers and one of the three main performers (including Groucho and Harpo). These three brothers appeared in 17 films together, 1 unreleased and probably lost (Humor Risk, 1921). In most of the films, Chico and Harpo play a troublemaking, crime-committing duo, with Harpo in the silent dunce role and Chico playing the crafty but dim-witted leader. After the brothers' mother and business manager passed away in 1929, Chico took over as business manager for the comedy group. He is credited with the first deal for performers that involved the receiving of a set percentage of a production's gross receipts. During the war years, Chico headed his own orchestra and created a solo comedy act that he continued into the late 1940s. Chico was a skillful imitator of Italian dialect, and he played the piano well enough to entertain an audience. Chico's financial difficulties were a major factor in the group's decision to remain active into the late 1940s and 1950s. They released A Night in Casablanca (1946) to help their brother pay off his gambling debts. Lightly creased. Folds, horizontal fold through signature. File holes at upper blank margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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