DANNY THOMAS - CONTRACT SIGNED 01/17/1955 - HFSID 72821
DANNY THOMAS. Carbon Typed Contract signed: "Danny Thomas" in ink and initialed: "D.T." on rider, 1p, 8½x13. No place, 1955 January 17. Thomas and Warner Bros. terminate an agreement of December 15, 1951 as of December 20, 1954. Headed: "Release".
Sale Price $324.00
DANNY THOMAS. Carbon Typed Contract signed: "Danny Thomas" in ink and initialed: "D.T." on rider, 1p, 8½x13. No place, 1955 January 17. Thomas and Warner Bros. terminate an agreement of December 15, 1951 as of December 20, 1954. Headed: "Release". In part: "That for and in consideration of the mutual agreement of the parties hereto to release each other of and from the obligations of that certain agreement dated December 15, 1951, as the same may have been amended and/or extended, between WARNER BROS. PICTURES, INC., a Delaware corporation, hereinafter referred to as the 'Producer' and Danny Thomas, hereinafter referred to as the 'Artist', covering the employment of the Artist, it is hereby agreed that the agreement of December 15, 1951, shall be, and the same is hereby, terminated and at an end as at December 20, 1954; and the Artist and the Producer do hereby release and discharge each other of and from any all all debts, controversies, actions, causes of action, and from all claims and demands of any and every nature whatsoever...nothing herein contained is intended or shall be construed as a waiver or surrender by the Producer of any right of ownership in or to any photoplay or photoplays heretofore produced, in whole or in part, by the Producer with the assistance of the Artist...." The rider, in full: "Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to relieve the Producer from according the Artist the billing provided for under the provisions of paragraph 25 of the aforesaid agreement with respect to the photoplay produced by Producer thereunder and in which Artist appeared, i.e., the photoplay entitled 'THE JAZZ SINGER". Also signed by a producer for Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., who has also initialed next to Thomas' initials on the rider. The Jazz Singer, which starred Thomas as Jerry Golding and co-starred Peggy Lee, was released by Warner Bros. in 1953. The first film version since the 1927 Al Jolson silent film, the story of a cantor's son who makes it big in show business also featured Mildred Dunnock and Eduard Franz. In 1951, during the term on the original contract, Thomas had appeared in the Warner Bros. feature, I'll See You in My Dreams (he also starred in Call Me Mister for 20th Century-Fox that year). At the time he signed this contract, Thomas was starring as Danny Williams in the long-running TV sitcom, Make Room For Daddy (1953-1965). Actor/comedian Danny Thomas debuted onscreen in 1947 before finding even more success on TV, starring in the long-running sitcom Make Room for Daddy (later re-named The Danny Thomas Show). Thomas, who also starred in a number of specials and made guest appearances on variety shows, began producing for TV in the late 1950s (his series include The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle and The Mod Squad). The father of actress Marlo Thomas, he founded the St. Jude's Research Hospital, which is dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic children's diseases, and Marlo continues his work as a spokesperson and fundraiser. Lightly creased with folds, light horizontal fold at the upper loop of the "D" in Danny. Slightly soiled, shaded at upper blank margin. Staple holes at blank left margin, where rider was previously attached. Rider is also lightly creased, not at initials, with staple holes at blank left margin.
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