GROUCHO (JULIUS) MARX - CARBON TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/03/1949 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN GUEDEL - HFSID 253009
GROUCHO MARX and JOHN GUEDEL Groucho Marx and John Guedel sign a document with the Illinois watch Case Co. Carbon Typed Document Signed: "Groucho Marx" and "John Guedel" in ink, 1p, 8x11. No place, 1949 November 3. In letter form to Illinois Watch Case Co., Chicago, Illinois.
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GROUCHO MARX and JOHN GUEDEL
Groucho Marx and John Guedel sign a document with the Illinois watch Case Co.
Carbon Typed Document Signed: "Groucho Marx" and "John Guedel" in ink, 1p, 8x11. No place, 1949 November 3. In letter form to Illinois Watch Case Co., Chicago, Illinois. Begins: "Gentlemen". In full: "As requested by you, this will confirm that we agree to abide by the restrictions affecting us contained in your offer dated October 24, 1949." In the year he signed this document, Groucho starred on TV's The Popsicle Parade of Stars, wrote a story for the TV series, The Life of Riley, and appeared (with his brothers Chico and Harpo) in one feature film, Love Happy (as Detective Sam Grunion, the narrator of the story). The following year, he would begin his successful television show, You Bet Your Life. The leader of the zany Marx Brothers, JULIUS "GROUCHO" MARX (1895-1977) enjoyed success in vaudeville, on Broadway, in motion pictures and on television. He was famous for his crouched walk, outrageous mustache, ever-present cigar and lecherous glances at female co-stars. The most popular Marx Brothers films, which remain cult favorites, include Duck Soup (1933) and A Night at the Opera (1935). Groucho also hosted the radio and TV comedy quiz show, You Bet Your Life (1950-1961). JOHN GUEDEL (1913-2001) was the producer of You Bet Your Life. A pioneer in the radio and television fields, Guedel had originated radio's first singing commercial (for Birely's soft drinks, 1938) and first game show (Pull Over Neighbor, which would later become People are Funny) and was the first to use multi-camera filming for TV (You Bet Your Life, 1950). A former Vice President of Radio for the Dan B. Miner Advertising Company of Los Angeles, Guedel had met Art Linkletter in 1941 and the two formed Guedel and Linkletter Productions that year. They teamed up for People Are Funny (radio, 1942; television 1954) as well as for Art Linkletter's House Party (1952). Guedel, who won two Emmy Awards (for People Are Funny and You Bet Your Life) and a Peabody Award (for You Bet Your Life), also produced The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett. On thin paper. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature. 2 file holes at upper blank margin, ¼-inch tears above and below left file hole (all paper intact). Overall, fine condition.
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