FRANK CAPRA - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/04/1958 - HFSID 269439
Sale Price $595.00
FRANK CAPRA. Carbon Typed DS twice-signed: "Frank Capra" (on page 3 and under "Approved and Accepted" on page 9), 10p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Beverly Hills, California, original date 1958 August 4 (later dates of August 15 and dates in October, November and December typed at lower margins of some pages). In letter form to Mr. Frank Capra, c/o William Morris Agency, Inc., Beverly Hills, California. Confirms an agreement for Capra to produce and direct "HOLE IN THE HEAD". Employment was to commence on the original date of the contract and continue until the completion of all services in conjunction with the film. Compensation was to be $100,000; $25,000 within one week after the commencement of the principal photography and $7,500 per week until the remaining $75,000 was paid. The contract refers to two credits; the opening credit was to read "Co-Stars/in/Frank Capra's/ 'A HOLE IN THE HEAD'", and Capra would also receive the credit line, "Produced and Directed by Frank Capra". Also signed by representatives of Trafalgar Productions, Inc. and Frank Capra Productions, Inc. Capra was nominated as Best Director by the Directors Guild of America for this film, which won the Academy Award for Best Song ("High Hopes" by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn). The film starred Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter and Keenan Wynn and introduced child actor Eddie Hodges. Frank Capra (1897-1991), born in Sicily, was the winner of three Best Director Academy Awards (It Happened One Night,1934; Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, 1936; and You Can't Take It With You, 1938) and the first Hollywood director to have his name precede a film's title. He enjoyed total creative freedom on his sets and also directed, among other films, Lost Horizon (1937), Meet John Doe (1941) and It's A Wonderful Life (1946). Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left corners and upper right blank margins, 2 file holes at upper blank margins. Fine condition.
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