HUNTZ HALL - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 08/14/1946 - HFSID 289283
Sale Price $680.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Hall's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. He has signed twice, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Huntz Hall", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 August 14. Hall grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right to use his 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. (Henry Richard) HuntzHall (1919-1999) appeared in a total of 81 East Side Kids/Bowery Boys features and serials, more than any other actor. Hall always played the same type of role, first called Pig, then Glimpy and, finally, Sach. He had attended New York's famous Professional Children's School and was a boy soprano with the Madison Square Quintette. As a child, he was a radio actor, playing in such shows as Lady Next Door, Billy and Betty, and Bobby Benson. From 1935-1937, Hall played Dippy in the Broadway play Dead End, recreating his role in the 1937 film, Dead End, starring Humphrey Bogart and a group of youngsters who became known as the Dead End Kids. Stage roles Huntz Hall played in the 1980's and 1990's across the country included Willie Clark in The Sunshine Boys, Felix in The Odd Couple and Milt Manville in the play, Luv. 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 (worn). Lightly creased. Slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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