GEORGE D. CUKOR - CONTRACT SIGNED 04/10/1936 CO-SIGNED BY: EDDIE MANNIX - HFSID 278962
Sale Price $680.00
GEORGE CUKOR, CO-SIGNED BY: EDDIE MANNIX
Cukor and Mannix signed this contract in 1936 so that Cukor could start work on Camille - starring Greta Garbo in an Oscar-nominated role - three weeks after he finished MGM's Romeo and Juliet.
Contract signed "Ed Mannix" in green ink as Vice President and "George Cukor" in black ink. Also initialed by both on page 1. With pencil notation in upper right corner of page 1 in unknown hand. 2 pages, 8½x10¾, 2 single-sided sheets, bound with staples, carbon copy. April 10, 1936. This contract altered an earlier contract that Cukor signed with MGM on Oct. 21, 1935. Cukor was to start work on an unnamed film three weeks after he wrapped up the 1936 MGM film Romeo and Juliet. This unnamed film appears to be the only other directing credit that Cukor had in 1936: Camille, starring Greta Garbo in an Academy Award-nominated role as a Parisian courtesan. Addressed to Mr. George Cukor, c/o Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation, Culver City, California. Born in New York City, George D. Cukor (1899-1983), directed Hollywood films for half a century. He won the Best Director Academy Awardin 1960 for My Fair Lady and was nominated for Best Director Oscarsfor Little Women (1932-1933), The Philadelphia Story (1940), A Double Life (1947) and Born Yesterday (1950). Cukor, whose long list of films also includes A Bill of Divorcement (1932, Katharine Hepburn's first film), Dinner at Eight (1933), David Copperfield (1935), Romeo and Juliet (1936), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Adam's Rib (1949), Pat and Mike (1952), Heller in Pink Tights (1960) and A Star is Born (1954) and two made-for-TV films. MANNIX (1891-1963), a long-time executive at MGM, was known as "The Fixer"for his ability to take care of studio problems, including dealing with high-profile stars. Suspected of having ties to organized crime on both coasts, Mannix was accused of killing his first wife, Bernice L. Fitzmaurice (1919-1938), in a staged car accident, and he was suspected of involvement in the deaths of Paul Bern, the husband of Jean Harlow, an MGM star, and George Reeves, the star of the TV series Adventures of Superman, who had been having an affair with Mannix's wife, Toni Lanier. Mannix, however, was never charged in either case. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Two binder holes at top edge. Edges are nicked. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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