ELIA KAZAN - CONTRACT SIGNED 11/15/1944 - HFSID 167773
ELIA KAZAN The noted film director signs a contract about rights to Sing Out Sweet Land, which he directed on Broadway. Contract signed: "Elia Kazan" as Author on page 6, 6 pages, 8¼x13¾, separate sheets, stapled to slightly larger blue backing sheet. New York, N.Y., 1944 November 15.
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The noted film director signs a contract about rights to Sing Out Sweet Land, which he directed on Broadway.
Contract signed: "Elia Kazan" as Author on page 6, 6 pages, 8¼x13¾, separate sheets, stapled to slightly larger blue backing sheet. New York, N.Y., 1944 November 15. Headed: "Dramatico-Musical Production Contract". Contract between The Theatre Guild, Inc and Kazan regarding the sale of the rights of the book, Sing Out Sweet Land, of which he is credited as "author and proprietor", to the Theatre Guild to produce and present the work. The Theatre Guild agrees to pay one half of one percent of gross weekly box office receipts to Kazan, and the contract also lists subsidiary rights for other productions, including motion pictures, radio and television, amateur performances and publication of music. There are also sections relating to rights in foreign countries and "Special Arrangements", including "The author's services shall consist of sugggestions to be made by him with respect to changes and rewriting the book and for changes to be made in connection with the music and lyrics...." Also signed by a representative of The Theatre Guild and countersigned twice by the Assistant Secretary of The Author's League of America, Inc. Sing Out Sweet Land, which was subtitled "A Salute to American Folk and Popular Music", ran on Broadway at the International Theatre from October 27, 1944-March 24, 1945 (a total of 102 performances). Walter Kerr is credited as the book's author; Kazan directed the production. Earlier in 1944, Kazan staged another Broadway play, Harriet, which ran from March 3, 1943-April 1, 1944. In addition to making his mark on film history directing such masterpieces as Gentleman's Agreement, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and East of Eden, each of which earned him an Oscar nomination, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also made a dubious mark with his involvement in the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC)'s anti-Communist witchhunt of the 1950s; his decision to name alleged industry Communists earned him the ire of many of his peers. Kazan won two Academy Awards, and in 1999 he received an honorary Academy Award "In appreciation of a long, distinguished and unparalleled career during which he has influenced the very nature of filmmaking through his creation of cinematic masterpieces." The award divided the Hollywood community between those who supported the decision, maintaining that the director's body of work made him worthy, and those who didn't, maintaining that Kazan's offscreen activities amounted to a betrayal of his peers, thus making him an unfit award recipient. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Stapled at upper blank margins. Slightly soiled at blank margins, light red stain at lower right corners of first page and page 5. Mounting sheet is lightly creased and worn. Nicked at lower right edge. Fine condition.
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