DON "RED" BARRY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/13/1946 CO-SIGNED BY: JANE FRAZEE - HFSID 289281
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DONALD "RED" BARRY and JANE FRAZEE
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce their signatures and likenesses for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans.
Document signed: "Red Barry" and "Jane Frazee", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 May 13. Both actors grant to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right to use their 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. They sign with the understanding that they accrue no financial benefit or obligation, and that the arrangement has the written permission of Republic Productions. DONALD BERRY(1912-1980), became known as "Red" after he starred in many Republic Pictures western films of the 1940s, notably the serial The Adventures of Red Ryder. He made roughly 200 guest appearances in TV series such as Perry Mason, Bonanza, Dragnet 1967, and Ironside and played supporting roles in films - Shalako (1968), Crash (1978), and Back Roads (1980) until his suicide in 1980. Singer, dancer and actress JANE FRAZEE (1918-1985, born Mary Jane Frehse) performed a vaudeville act with sister Ruth as The Frazee Sisters before entering films in 1940. She played both musicals, beginning with the first of four "Moonlight" films, Melody and Moonlight, and shared the screen with Abbott and Costello (Buck Privates) and Oleson and Johnson (Hellzapoppin). She was also seen in numerous Westerns with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and others. After a few TV guest roles, she left acting for the real estate business in the mid-1950s. 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, film and radio star JEAN HERSHOLT (1886-1956) 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." On screen, Hersholt may be best remembered in the title role of The Country Doctor (1936). Filing holes at left edge. Staple holes at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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