HUMPHREY "BOGIE" BOGART - DOCUMENT SIGNED 2/1942 - HFSID 50808
Sale Price $1,487.50
Gives permission for Red Skelton to do a Bogart impersonation in a 1942 musical comedy.
Carbon TLS in ink: "Humphrey Bogart", 2p, 8½x11, separate sheets. No place, 1942 February. To Loew's Incorporated, Culver City, California. Bogart consents to an actor doing a Bogart impression in a film. In part: "This is to advise you that I hereby consent to the use of my name and impersonation of me in your photoplay, which is tentatively entitled 'ship ahoy', in connection with the action and dialogue substantially as follows: When Felix, a German spy, is holding Merton (a magazine writer) and Skip (Merton's assistant) captive, Felix says to Merton:" Two pages of the script follow, with Merton (played by Red Skelton) impersonating Bogart: "Humphrey Bogart. Now there's a fellow who really dies with finesse. Look, keep shooting for him because no matter how many times he gets shot in a picture, he always keeps going until he gets where he's headed. (Impersonates actions of Humphrey Bogart.)" Bogart concludes, in part: "No compensation is payable to me in connection with the use of my name or impersonation as aforesaid...." Ship Ahoy starred Red Skelton as Merton K. Kibble, Eleanor Powell as tap dancer Tallulah Winters, Bert Lahr as Skip Owens and Nestor Paiva as Felix. Buddy Rich and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (with 26-year-old Frank Sinatra in an uncredited role as a band singer) appeared as themselves. Staple holes at upper left and right corners. Light paper clip impression at upper left blank margin. Fine condition.
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