JACK OAKIE - CONTRACT SIGNED 10/15/1935 - HFSID 153797
JACK OAKIE Actor and comedian Jack Oakie signed this one-year contract with Reliance Production of California in 1935. Contract signed "Jack Oakie" in blue ink and by a Vice President of Reliance Productions of California in green ink. 8 pages, 8½x11, single-sided, two binder holes at left edge. Oct. 15, 1935.
Sale Price $488.75
Actor and comedian Jack Oakie signed this one-year contract with Reliance Production of California in 1935.
Contract signed "Jack Oakie" in blue ink and by a Vice President of Reliance Productions of California in green ink. 8 pages, 8½x11, single-sided, two binder holes at left edge. Oct. 15, 1935. This is a one-year employment contract, beginning on Aug. 22, 1936, with Reliance Productions of California, with Oakie appearing in not more than five Reliance films. It gave Reliance four one-year renewal options, with Oakie's weekly salary rising from $3,000 to $5,000 if they exercised all four options. He was under contract with Paramount Productions at the time, and this contract gave Reliance the option to break it if his Paramount contract was extended past Jan. 1, 1937... and they appear to have done exactly that. He starred in two movies in 1935 and six in 1936, including the Paramount films The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935), Collegiate (1936), Florida Special (1936) and The Texas Rangers (1936). None of these films include Reliance in their production credits. Oakie (1903-1978), born Lewis Delaney Offield, was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1940 for The Great Dictator. (In a famous scene Oakie, as Mussolini, wrestle's Charlie Chaplin's Hitler for control of a large globe) Oakie, who made his professional debut in the chorus of the 1922 George M. Cohan musical Little Nellie Kelly, appeared in several Broadway productions before making his film debut in 1928. The character actor appeared in a long list of feature films, including The Call of the Wild (1935), The Toast of New York (1937), Little Men (1940), When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), The Rat Race (1960) and Lover Come Back (1961). His trademark catchphrase was "It's all in fun!", which he had imprinted on matchbooks that he gave out to friends and fans he met while working for Paramount Studios. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Pen skipped while writing Oakie's signature, which is still legible. Paper clip impression and staple holes at top edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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