GARY COOPER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/21/1947 - HFSID 270890
Sale Price $595.00
Gary Cooper signs a document with Ann Chidester for motion picture rights.
Carbon Typed Document Signed: "Gary Cooper" in ink as President of Gary Cooper Productions, Inc. on verso, 2p, 9x16¼, front and verso. No place, no date. Contract between Cooper and Ann Chidester for motion picture rights. Begins: "AGREEMENT made between ANN CHIDESTER herein called 'OWNER' (who is also sometimes referred to herein as the 'Author'), and GARY COOPER PRODUCTIONS, INC., herein called 'PURCHASER.' WHEREAS, the Owner is the sole author of and has sole and unencumbered ownership of all motion picture rights in certain literary and/or dramatic writings and material known as UNCONQUERED and copyrighted and registered in the United States by ANN CHIDESTER under entry No. 17179, April 21, 1947, which said writings, its stage version, and music (if any) and the theme, plot, characters, story, the title, copyright, and all rights and interests pertaining thereto, are herein together referred to as the 'Property'...." The rights were sold to the Purchaser (Cooper) for $5,000. Not signed by Chidester or filled in by a notary. In 1947, the year Chidester's work was copyrighted, Cooper starred as Virginia militiaman Captain Christopher Holden in a period film titled Unconquered, but this is not the film to which this agreement refers. The 1947 film, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was based on The Judas Tree, a book by Neil H. Swanson; screenwriters were Charles Bennett, Frederic M. Frank and Jesse Lasky, Jr. That year, Cooper also starred in Variety Girl. 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. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light show through of type. Fine condition.
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