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IRVING THALBERG - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/15/1924 CO-SIGNED BY: AILEEN PRINGLE - HFSID 275020

IRVING THALBERG and AILEEN PRINGLE Thalberg, as Vice-President of M-G-M, loans actress Aileen Pringle to Famous Players Lasky Corporation for the 1925 film, A Kiss in the Dark. Typed DS:

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IRVING THALBERG and AILEEN PRINGLE
Thalberg, as Vice-President of M-G-M, loans actress Aileen Pringle to Famous Players Lasky Corporation for the 1925 film, A Kiss in the Dark.
Typed DS: "I Thalberg" as Vice-President of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation and "Aileen Pringle" on page 3, 3p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, California, 1924 December 15. Thalberg signs an agreement loaning actress Aileen Pringle to Famous Players Lasky Corporation "for the leading female part or role in a picture you are to produce in New York City, known as 'A KISS IN THE DARK'", commencing on December 18. Provisions cover Pringle's travel, expenses, wardrobe and publicity, as well as compensation to be paid to M-G-M ($437.50 per week). Also signed by the Assistant to the First Vice-President of Famous Players Lasky Corporation under "Approved and Accepted". Pringle starred as Janet Livingstone in the 1925 film, A Kiss in the Dark. That year, she also starred in five additional feature films: A Thief in Paradise, One Year to Live, Wildfire, The Mystic and Soul Mates. Movie producer IRVING THALBERG (1899-1936) was dubbed "the boy wonder" for his successes at Universal Pictures and then M-G-M. A perfectionist, he encouraged multiple retakes in order to get a scene right. The modest Thalberg refused to allow his name to be included in the film credits. Dogged by illnesses throughout his life, Thalberg produced such famous films as Grand Hotel (1932), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Good Earth and A Day at the Races (both 1937). His widow was actress Norma Shearer. In 1937, the Academy of Motion Pictures named its memorial award in his honor. AILEEN PRINGLE (1895-1989) defied the wishes of her wealthy family and first husband to pursue a stage and film career. She starred in many silent era films, including the steamy (by 1920s standards) Three Weeks. Her film career was reportedly hindered and shortened by her haughty attitude toward others in the film industry. Her second husband was novelist James M. Cain. Thalberg's signature is valuable in any form, especially on M-G-M documents. Lightly creased with folds, not at signatures. Slightly soiled at blank margins. Light paper clip impression at upper left margin, two file holes at upper blank margins (minor paper loss at upper edge above holes). Overall, fine condition.

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