CHICO (LEONARD) MARX - CONTRACT SIGNED 11/02/1956 - HFSID 255728
CHICO MARX The comedian and eldest member of the Marx Brothers signed this deal with the William Morris Agency regarding their professional relationship Contract Signed: "Chico Marx" in ink, 1p, 8½x14. Beverly Hills, California, November 26, 1956.
Sale Price $2,337.50
CHICO MARX The comedian and eldest member of the Marx Brothers signed this deal with the William Morris Agency regarding their professional relationship Contract Signed: "Chico Marx" in ink, 1p, 8½x14. Beverly Hills, California, November 26, 1956. On letterhead of the William Morris Agency, Inc. Marx hires the William Morris Agency, Inc. "for a term of THREE (3) years, starting January 26, 1957 as my sole and exclusive agent, adviser, manager and representative with respect to my services in all branches of the entertainment, publication and related fields throughout the world...." He agrees to pay the agency a 10% commission on "gross compensation paid and/or payable during or after the term hereof...." Also signed by an agent of William Morris Agency, Inc. In the year he signed this contract, Chico made a cameo appearance as a piano player in the comedy, Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (his brother, Groucho, was also seen in a cameo in the film). During the term of this contract he also appeared in another feature film, The Story of Mankind (1957), and on two television series, Playhouse 90 (1958) and The General Electric Theater (1959). Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961) was the oldest of the five Marx Brothers and one of the main three 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 with folds, not at signature. Black marks from carbon at some areas, carbon typed "x" at the "o" of Chico. Staple holes and two file holes at upper margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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