CLARK GABLE - CONTRACT SIGNED 06/29/1944 - HFSID 41379
Sale Price $1,020.00
After flying dangerous bomber missions over Europe in World War II, Gable signed this document specifying the date of his return to acting, much to the relief of his studio
Typed contract signed: "Clark Gable," 1p, 7¼x10½. No place, 1944 June 29. Carbon copy signed in ink. To Loew's Incorporated, Attention: Floyd Hendrickson. In full: "Reference is made to the agreement between us dated December 8, 1943. In particular reference to the provision of Article 17 thereof, please be advised that my services to the United States Army were terminated as of June 12, 1944. This is also to advise you that I elect to and do hereby designate August 14, 1944, as the date upon which I will report to you ready to commence the rendition of my services in accordance with the terms of my contract above mentioned, and designate that date as the date of commencement of the term of my employment under the terms of said contract. Kindly acknowledge receipt of this notice by signing and returning to me, in care of Phil Berg-Bert Allenberg, Inc., 121 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California, the attached carbon copy of this letter." This is the carbon copy. It was signed in ink by the Academy Award-winning actor but not by a Loew's representative. CLARK GABLE (1901-1960) won his only Academy Award for Best Actor in 1934 for his role as newspaper reporter Peter Warne in It Happened One Night. His other memorable roles included his Oscar-nominated performances as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939), which resulted in Gable being named "The King of Hollywood". In the 1940s, Gable appeared in 15 films, including documentaries he made during his service in WWII (he joined Army Air Corps, where he served as a tail gunner, after his third wife, Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash in 1942). Gable died on November 16, 1960 at age 59 just two days after the completion of his final film, The Misfits (released in 1961). File holes at top. Fine condition.
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