DAN DURYEA - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/26/1946 - HFSID 289021
DAN DURYEA Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Dan Duryea's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Duryea, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.
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DAN DURYEA Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Dan Duryea's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Duryea, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Dan Duryea", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 July 26. Dan Duryea grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, to use his name, autograph, photographic likeness, or artist's sketch of the likeness, for reproduction on engraved, embossed or printed stamps, and in stamp albums, and in connection with the advertising and exploitation of these stamps and stamp albums for sale throughout the world. Dan Duryea (1907-1968), known for his bad-guy roles, was cast as the sniveling Leo Hubbard in 1939's The Little Foxes. This Broadway production was converted into a film in 1941, with many members of the original cast--including Duryea--making their Hollywood debuts. Duryea continued playing supporting roles in films until he scored in 1945's The Woman in the Window. Thereafter, he was given star billing, most often as a heavy. In 1968, shortly before his death from a recurring heart ailment, Duryea was cast as Eddie Jacks in 67 episodes of TV's Peyton Place. The Motion Picture Relief Fund was founded in 1921 to assist ill and needy film industry veterans, as expressed in its motto: "We take care of our own." The fund raised money through voluntary payroll deductions and celebrity events. As President of the Fund from 1939 until his death in 1956, film and radio star Jean Hersholt conceived Hollywood Star Stamps as a fundraising method. These stamps, 468 in all, were sold at dime stores after World War II in sheets of 6-12, at 10 cents per sheet, and were an immediate hit with collectors. Now called the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the non-profit organization funds its own hospital and retirement home. It confers the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award annually at the Academy Awards ceremony to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Three filing holes (worn, reinforcement on top hole). Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Slightly toned. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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