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DON AMECHE - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/29/1960 - HFSID 262554

DON AMECHE. Partly Printed DS: "Don Ameche" as Performer, 1p, 8½x11. New York, New York, 1960 December 29. Headed: "Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract for Single Television Broadcast and for Multiple Television Broadcasts Within One Calendar Week". Roncom Productions, Inc.

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DON AMECHE. Partly Printed DS: "Don Ameche" as Performer, 1p, 8½x11. New York, New York, 1960 December 29. Headed: "Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract for Single Television Broadcast and for Multiple Television Broadcasts Within One Calendar Week". Roncom Productions, Inc., New York, hires Ameche to appear on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall. The show was to be taped on March 10, 1961 and was broadcast on March 15, 1961 (erroneously typed on the contract as 1960). Ameche was to be paid $7,500 for his appearnce as a "Guest Artist". Also signed: "Harvey B Sindle" as Assistant Secretary for Roncom Productions, Inc. Information blacked out on scan present on document. Lightly creased. Stapled at upper left corner, which has paper clip impression and rust stain. Rectangular tape stain at upper right blank corner. Tackhead- and pinhead-size holes at lower left blank margin. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by Rider initialed "DA" and "HBS" on sheet stapled to page 6 and last page, 8p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Type is lightly smudged. Stapled at upper left corners. Fine condition. In the year he appeared on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall, Ameche was also seen on the big screen in A Fever in the Blood and he also began hosting the TV series International Showtime (1961-1965), which featured performers from around the world. In 1935, Don Ameche (1908-1993) won a bit part in Clive of India (he was credited as "Prisoner in the Black Hole"). He was so memorable in the title role in 1939's The Story of Alexander Graham Bell that for years afterward a telephone was known as an "ameche". Ameche continued working steadily through the mid-1940s. During the 1950s, he worked occasionally on television, and he began appearing infrequently in low-budget films during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1985, Ameche starred in Cocoon and won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It was his only Oscar nomination. Ameche followed up that role to even more acclaim in 1988's Things Change. Before his death in 1993, Ameche rounded out his career with brief but memorable performances in Oscar (1991) and Corrina, Corrina (1994). Two items.

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