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HELMUT DANTINE - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 07/07/1946 - HFSID 288903

HELMUT DANTINE Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Helmut Dantine's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Dantine, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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HELMUT DANTINE Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Helmut Dantine's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Dantine, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Helmut Dantine", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 July 3. Helmut Dantine grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, to use her name, autograph, photographic likeness, or artist's sketch of the likeness, for reproduction on engraved, embossed or printed stamps, and in stamp albums, and in connection with the advertising and exploitation of these stamps and stamp albums for sale throughout the world. Austrian born Helmut Dantine (1917-1982) came to the US in the 1930s for political reasons. While attending UCLA, he became active in the Pasadena Playhouse and transitioned to movies -frequently playing Nazis, with his first appearance in International Squadron (1941). His last screen appearances were in two Sam Peckinpah films; Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) and The Killer Elite (1975). The Motion Picture Relief Fund was founded in 1921 to assist ill and needy film industry veterans, as expressed in its motto: "We take care of our own." The fund raised money through voluntary payroll deductions and celebrity events. As President of the Fund from 1939 until his death in 1956, film and radio star Jean Hersholt conceived Hollywood Star Stamps as a fundraising method. These stamps, 468 in all, were sold at dime stores after World War II in sheets of 6-12, at 10 cents per sheet, and were an immediate hit with collectors. Now called the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the non-profit organization funds its own hospital and retirement home. It confers the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award annually at the Academy Awards ceremony to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Three filing holes at left. Staples holes at top edge. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.

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