ILKA CHASE - CONTRACT SIGNED 10/17/1947 CO-SIGNED BY: MADELINE ROBINSON - HFSID 178251
Sale Price $324.00
ILKA CHASE and MADELINE ROBINSON
Ilka Chase and Madeline Robinson both signed this contract in 1947 to give Robinson the option to produce a series of shorts, which Chase would appear in. Chase was to receive a total of $2,000 per short, plus the power to approve and rewrite scripts.
Carbon copy typed contract signed "Ilka Chase" and "Madeline Robinson" (under "Agreed to and Accepted") in ink. With pencil notation in lower right corner in unknown hand. 1 page, 8½x10¾. Oct. 17, 1947. In letter form to Miss Madeline Robinson, New York, N.Y. Chase gives Robinson the option to produce a series of six shorts movies in which Chase would appear. Robinson had to exercise this option within 90 days and complete the six movies within one year after exercising it. Chase was to receive $2,000 per short. This contract also gave Chase "first refusal to write the material with respect to each short" and an additional $500 for these services, as well as the right to approve the script for each short before shooting began. Robinson apparently didn't take up this option, as the only movie credit that Chase has during this time is an acting credit as Cassie Van Allen in the feature-length film Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948). Stage, screen and television actress Chase (1903-1978, born in New York City), the daughter of the editor of Vogue, made her Broadway debut in 1924 in The Red Falcon. She appeared in her first "talkie" feature film, Paris Bound, in 1929, the year she also made Why Leave Home?, The Careless Age, Red Hot Rhythm, Rich People and South Sea Rose, and would go on to appear in such features as The Florodora Girl (1930), The Animal Kingdom (1932), Now, Voyager (1942), Johnny Dark (1954), The Big Knife (1955) and Ocean's Eleven (1960). A fixture on early TV, Chase hosted the early talk show, Glamour-Go-Round (1950) and appeared as a panelist on Celebrity Time (1948), Masquerade Party (1952), It Should Happen to You (1954) and Keep Talking (1958-1959). Her TV guest appearances include The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1949), Kraft Television Theatre (1952, 1953, 1958), Playhouse 90 (1958), The Defenders (1961), Checkmate (1962) and The Patty Duke Show (1963). In addition to being known as an actress, Chase was also a widely read newspaper columnist, essayist and novelist. Worthy of further research. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Chase's signature is circled in pencil (does not touch signature. Vertical fold underlines Chase's signature and touches the upper portions of the letters of Robinson's signature. 6 file holes and staple holes at upper blank margin. Light dents, creases and tears on left edge. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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