FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/26/1930 - HFSID 269030
Sale Price $450.00
FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN.
Due to his fortune lost in the stock market crash, Bushman pledges his salary in repayment of a loan from the Relief Fund
Document Signed: "Francis X. Bushman", 1p, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1930 June 28. Documentary letter on stationery of Motion Picture Relief Fund of America, Inc., to Samuel Goldwyn Productions, United Artsts Sudios, Hollywood, California. In full: "For and in consideration of Six Hundred ($600.00) Dollars loaned to me by the Motion Picture Relief Fund of America, Inc., and received in hand by me, I hereby transfer, assign and set over unto said Motion Picture Relief Fund of America, Inc. any and all monies earned by me for personal services or use of any of my personal property, including dogs owned by me, at any time during the next twelve (12) months commencing with date of this assignment, until said indebtedness of Six Hundred ($600.00) Dollars to said Motion Picture Relief Fund of America, Inc. is fully paid and satisfied. I hereby authorize you as my employer, or employers, to pay the said sum of Six Hundred ($600.00) Dollars, or any part thereof, to said Motion Picture Relief Fund of America, Inc., in the amount of my entire weekly, monthly, or contract earnings, constituted as aforementioned, until said indebtedness is liquidated." A former sculptor's model, Francis Xavier Bushman (1883-1966) had a beautiful physique which, combined with his handsome looks, propelled him to stardom in pre-20s silent films. Known as "the handsomest man in the world" and the first film actor to be called "King of the Movies", he starred in 115 silent films between 1911 and 1914. His most famous role was Messala in Ben Hur (1925). Bushman made more than a million dollars a year during the silent era, but lost his fortune in the Crash of 1929. After 1930, he appeared in feature films sporadically, but became a star of radio soap operas. Bushman, who later appeared in David and Bathsheba (1951), Sabrina (1954), The Story of Mankind (1957) and Twelve to the Moon (1960), made his last film, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, in 1966, the year of his death. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. Tack hole in upper margin. Vertical fold crosses "X" in signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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