GARY COOPER - CONTRACT SIGNED 05/02/1939 - HFSID 274972
Sale Price $1,020.00
COOPER AND SAMUEL GOLDWYN'S STUDIO ENTER INTO AN EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT, NOTING THAT THE ACTOR HAS ALREADY COMMITTED TO PARAMOUNT STUDIOS TO STAR IN THE 1939 FILM, BEAU GESTE
GARY COOPER. Typed Contract signed: "Gary Cooper" on page 20 and initialed: "G.C." on pages 10 and 10a, 21p, 8½x13, separate sheets, bound into slightly larger sheet (imprinted docket on verso). Los Angeles, California, 1939 May 2.New contract to replace the previous contract that Cooper had signed with Samuel Goldwyn Inc., Ltd. on February 18, 1936. In part: "The Producer hereby employs the Atist to render his exclusive services...and the Artist hereby accepts such employment...he will render his services as an actor solely and exclusively for and as requested by the Producer...The Artist expressly gives and grants to the Producer the sole and exclusive right...to photograph and/or otherwise reproduce any and all of his acts, poses, plays and appearances of any and all kinds...The Producer shall have the right to 'double' or 'dub' the acts, poses, plays and appearances of the Artist...The Artist agrees to furnish all modern wardrobe and wearing apparel necessary for any and all roles to be portrayed by the Artist hereunder...should so-called 'character' or 'period' costumes be required the Producer shall supply the same...The term hereof shall be deemed to have commenced as of September 14th, 1938, and shall continue for a period of three (3) years from and after said date...." The contract also covers such issues as illness, additional duties, compensation ($5,753.42 weekly) and termination of the contract. The last point of the contract mentions Cooper's services to Paramount Pictures, Inc. In full: "The Artist hereby represents and warrants to the Producer that excepting only the rendition of the Artist's services for Paramount Pictures, Inc. in the photoplay 'BEAU GESTE' (which employment is and shall continue to be subject to the provisions set forth in said agreement of January 10, 1939 between the Artist and the Producer) the Artist has not heretofore entered into any contract nor will the Artist hereafter enter into any contract under which the servics to be performed by him hereunder could in any way be prevented, hindered or interfered with; and that the Artist is free in all respects to render his services for the Producer as herein required...." Also signed and initialed by a representative of Samuel Goldwyn Inc., Ltd. Lightly creased and soiled. Chipped at lower margin of first page, lower left corner torn off. Backing sheet is lightly creased, minor tears at edges. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by photograph, unsigned. B/w, 8x10. Name imprinted at lower margin. Lightly creased at blank margins and corners. Minor surface creases (most not evident head on), some at facial image. Overall, fine condition. During the time of this contract, Cooper starred in The Cowboy and the Lady (1938), The Real Glory (1939), The Westerner (1940) and Balls of Fire (1941) for the Samuel Goldwyn Company. He appeared for Paramount in as Michael "Beau" Geste in 1939, and the next year Cooper would appear in North West Mounted Police for that studio. In September 1941, shortly after this contract expired, Sergeant York, which he made for Warner Bros., was released. Gary Cooper's (1901-1961) acting career, which began with bit parts in 1925, was firmly established with his role in The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926). He steadily rose to superstar status with his screen persona of a strong, silent man of action and few words. Nominated for Academy Awards five times, Cooper won the 1942 Academy Award for Best Actor for the title role in Sergeant York, and he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1953 for the role of Marshal Will Kane in High Noon. He was also nominated for the role of Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees and Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls. Cooper was awarded a Special Academy Award in 1961 "for his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry." Cooper was too ill to accept the Oscar in person and his close friend, a tearful Jimmy Stewart, accepted it in his name. A month later, Cooper died of cancer at the age of 60. Two items.
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