DAN DAILEY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 08/29/1946 CO-SIGNED BY: LEW SCHREIBER - HFSID 275219
Sale Price $414.00
The actor signs on as contract player with Twentieth Century-Fox for a period of one year (1946).
Carbon Typed Contract signed: "Dan Dailey Jr" in ink as Artist on page 16, 16 pages, 8½x11, separate sheets, bound together in slightly larger brown folder. Los Angeles, California, 1946 August 29.Typed heading on front of folder: "Agreement/Between/Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation/And/Dan Daley (sic), Jr. - Actor./August 26, 1946." Dailey contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation to render his service exclusively to the studio for a period of one year at a salary of $750 weekly. The contract covers 37 points, including salary rates if Dailey extends his term of employment with the studio, the ownership of rights to studio projects, the furnishing of lodging and travel expenses during filming, extenuating circumstances, such as illness, terms for terminating the contract and other considerations. Also signed by an Executive Manager of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation and by a Notary Public. Initialed (unknown hand) at mid-left margin of signature page. Dailey had no films released during the one-year term of this contract. His 1947 film, Mother Wore Tights, however, was made during this time and released in September 1947. The film won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, and it was nominated for an additional two Oscars. Actor and dancer Dan Dailey (1917-1978) moved from vaudeville to Broadway (Babes in Arms, 1937) to Hollywood. Recipient of a Best Actor Oscar nomination for When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948), he also appeared in such films as Meet Me at the Fair (1952), The Pride of St. Louis (as pitcher Dizzy Dean, 1952) and It's Always Fair Weather (1955). Dailey was also seen on television in such series as The Governor and J.J. (1969). Originally a casting director on films like Les Miserables (1935) and One in a Million (1936), LEW SCHREIBER (1900-1961) eventually worked his way up to studio manager of the Los Angeles Twentieth Century Fox, becoming the second hand man of the motion picture company. He was often in charge of contacting the superstars of the company to inform them of production details or company standards. His death in 1961 was one in a long line of hardships Twentieth Century Fox followed between 1961 and 1962; Another was the death of producer Jerry Wald and the stroke of producer Darryl Zanuck. Lightly creased. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on pages 8, 13 and 15, ink notes (unknown hand) on verso of signature page. Folder is lightly creased. 1/8-inch tear at upper right corner of front cover, torn at upper left corner of back cover, which is also nicked at blank left edge. Overall, fine condition.
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