GARY COOPER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/03/1952 CO-SIGNED BY: ROBERT WISE, HARRY LENART - HFSID 263099
Sale Price $595.00
GARY COOPER and ROBERT WISE
Cooper signs his acceptance of a typed letter from producer Robert Wise and investor Harry Lenart, who also signs, assuring Cooper that Lenart's loan to Wise's production company won't jeopardize Cooper's contract rights.
Carbon Typed Document Signed: "Gary Cooper" in ink, 2 pages, 8½x11. Los Angeles, 1952 July 3.In letter form to Cooper signed: "Harry Lenart", "approved and accepted" by Cooper at the conclusion. Also signed: "Robert E. Wise - VP" of Aspen Pictures, acknowledging he has read this letter. COOPER had signed a contract with Aspen Pictures that same day to appear in the film Return to Paradise. LENART, an Aspen stockholder, tells Cooper he has "made certain loans to the producer to be used for the production of the picture" and that "notwithstanding the provisions of any mortgage, note, agreement or any document entered into between me and the producer...you shall have the rights contained" in his employment contract with Aspen. Return to Paradise was a Tales of the South Pacific short story by James Michener released in 1953. Cooper won Academy Awards for Best Actor in 1942 (Sergeant York) and 1953 (High Noon). WISE won Academy Awards in 1962 (West Side Story) and 1966 (The Sound of Music). Return to Paradise was the first film the then 38-year-old Wise produced. LENART was also a prominent art collector. Lightly creased. Staple and file holes, else fine.
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