EDWARD G. ROBINSON - CONTRACT SIGNED 06/28/1957 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSHUA LOGAN - HFSID 274328
TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR EDWARD G. ROBINSON AND PRODUCER JOSHUA LOGAN FIRM UP ARRANGEMENTS TO TAKE ROBINSON'S LAST BROADWAY PLAY, MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, ON THE ROAD EDWARD G. ROBINSON and JOSHUA LOGAN. Typed DS: "Joshua L. Logan" and "Edward G.
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TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR EDWARD G. ROBINSON AND PRODUCER JOSHUA LOGAN FIRM UP ARRANGEMENTS TO TAKE ROBINSON'S LAST BROADWAY PLAY, MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, ON THE ROAD
EDWARD G. ROBINSON and JOSHUA LOGAN. Typed DS: "Joshua L. Logan" and "Edward G. Robinson" on last page and initialed: "E.G.R." and "JLL" on first two pages, 3p, 8½x11, separate sheets. No place, 1957 June 28. Headed: "Rider to Actors' Equity Association Standard Run of the Play Contract Dated June 28, 1957 Between Joshua L. Logan - Middle of the Night Company and Edward G. Robinson with Respect to the Road Tour of the Play 'Middle of the Night'." In part: "A. This contact shall apply to the road tour of the Play only. B. The term of the Actor's employment hereunder shall be for the road tour of the Play for the period running from the commencement date of rehearsals through March 29, 1958. However, in the event that the Actor is engaged by Columbia Pictures to perform for a motion picture tentatively entitled 'THE LAST ANGRY MAN', Actor may cancel and terminate this agreement and his services...The first public performance of the Play hereunder shall actually be given on October 10, 1957...D. Except for the opening week of public performance of the Play, which shall take place in New Haven, Connecticut, no performance of the Play, during the term of this agreement, shall be given in any city or place for a period of less than one (1) week's duration...H. Manager shall pay and Actor shall accept, as Actor's compensation, a sum equal to fifteen percent (15%) of the gross weekly box office receipts (exclusive of admission taxes in excess of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) with a weekly minimum guarantee of Three Thousand, Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($3,250.00) per week...N. Manager agrees to engage Curt Conway to direct the Play...Manager further agrees to have Paddy Chayefsky present at all rehearsals hereunder...O. Manager agrees to engage...June Walker in the role of 'The Mother', Nancy R. Pollock in the role of 'The Sister', and Mona Freeman in the role of 'The Girl'...Q. Manager agrees to take all necessary measures so that the motion picture of the Play, 'MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT', will not be exhibited in any theatre or otherwise during and throughout the term of the Actor's employment hereunder...R. Manager agrees to and shall furnish Actor with first-class transportation from Los Angeles to New York City prior to commencement of Actor's engagement hereunder...." The Middle of the Night, a play written by Paddy Chayefsky, was released as a motion picture in 1959 (Chayefsky wrote the screenplay). The Last Angry Man, which is also mentioned in this agreement, was also released in 1959, with Paul Muni in the title role (Robinson was not in the cast). Robinson made his last Broadway appearance in The Middle of the Night, which ran at the ANTA Playhouse from February 8, 1956-May 25, 1957. Cast in the lead role of "The Manufacturer", Robinson was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. The cast also included June Walker as the Mother and Nancy Pollock as the Sister (both of whom would reprise their roles for the road tour); Gena Rowlands, who played the Girl, was replaced by Mona Freeman for the road tour. In the year he began starring in this play, Robinson was seen in the 1956 epic, The Ten Commandments. Concentrating on this play, he would not appear in films or on television until his guest-starring role on Playhouse 90 in 1958. Stage, screen and television actor EDWARD G. ROBINSON (1893-1973) had his first film success in Little Caesar (1931), leading to a series of gangster roles. Later film successes included Double Indemnity (1944), Key Largo (1948), The Cincinnati Kid (1948) and Soylent Green (1973). He learned shortly before his death that he would be awarded an Oscar in 1973 for his outstanding contribution to motion pictures. JOSHUA LOCKWOOD LOGAN (1908-1988) made his Broadway acting debut in 1932, but focused thereafter on writing and directing. Logan won a Pulitzer Prize, along with co-author Oscar Hammerstein II, for South Pacific, for which he also won the 1950 Tony Award for Best Director. Logan also won Tony Awards for Best Director for Mr. Roberts (1948) and Picnic (1953), and he was nominated for Best Director Academy Awards for Picnic (1955) and Sayonara (1957, the year he signed this document). Logan also directed Bus Stop, starring Marilyn Monroe, in 1956. Slightly creased, not at signatures. Staple holes at upper left corners, two file holes at upper blank corners. Ink notes (unknown hand) at lower left margins of all sheets. Fine condition.
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