CLARA BOW - CONTRACT SIGNED 04/12/1926 CO-SIGNED BY: SAM (PRODUCER) JAFFE - HFSID 274960
Sale Price $1,190.00
CLARA BOW and SAM JAFFE The Famous Players-Lasky Corporation contracts for the services of the "It Girl" for a period of six months in 1926, the year she appeared in seven films. Contract Signed: "Clara Bow" and "Sam Jaffe" for Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1926 April 12. In letter form to Clara Bow in Hollywood. In full: "You will please take notice that the undersigned, Sam Jaffe and Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, to which corporation said Jaffe has loaned your services, elect to retain your services as an actress for the period of six months from June 6th, 1926 to December 6th, 1926, at a salary of $750.00 per week, purusant to the terms of a certain agreement between the undersigned Sam Jaffe and you, dated June 6th, 1924. Upon delivery of this notice, you and the undersigned are bound for said period by all the terms and conditions of the existing agreement between you and Sam Jaffe. Yours very truly". "Copy" imprinted across text (completely legible). Also signed by an Executive Manager. In 1926, Bow appeared in seven films: Dance Madness, Shadow of the Law, Two Can Play, Dancing Mothers, The Runaway, Mantrap and Kid Boots. The daughter of a Coney Island waiter, CLARA BOW (1905-1965) was turned into the symbol of the flapper age of the Roaring 20s by Paramount. During that era, Bow, with her cupid bow lips and sparkling eyes, was one of the first actresses to flaunt her freedom and sex appeal on screen. Among her big hits were Kiss Me Again (1925), Mantrap (1926) and It (1927), the latter resulting in her permanent nickname of the "It Girl". It is sometimes said that Bow's career was ruined by the advent of talking films, but she was the top-billed star in eleven of these, even singing capably in several. Sensational stories of her personal escapades, apparently exaggerated by the press, earned her a new nickname, however: "Crisis a Day Clara". Bow married B-movie cowboy star Rex Bell in 1931 and retired from filmmaking in 1933. SAM JAFFE (1901-2000) had worked himself up from office boy to executive in charge of productions at Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. He worked at Columbia Pictures for a time before starting his own talent agency. In 1959, Jaffe moved to London, where he produced films. Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at Jaffe's signature. Minor tears at upper blank margin, which has two file holes. Lightly soiled, ink stain at lower margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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