JACKIE COOPER - CONTRACT SIGNED 11/12/1941 CO-SIGNED BY: NORMAN TAUROG - HFSID 77434
JACKIE COOPER and NORMAN TAUROG Contract signed by actor Jackie Cooper and his guardian, director and uncle Norman Taurog, in 1941 for Cooper to appear in RKO Radio Pictures' Growing Pains
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JACKIE COOPER and NORMAN TAUROG
Contract signed by actor Jackie Cooper and his guardian, director and uncle Norman Taurog, in 1941 for Cooper to appear in RKO Radio Pictures' Growing Pains.
Contract signed "Jackie Cooper" in black ink and "Norman Taurog" as "Guardian of the Estate of Jackie Cooper, a minor", in blue ink. Also signed by an assistant secretary of RKO Radio Pictures in black ink. Blue ink and lead pencil notations in unknown hand and black ink stamps. 50 pages, 8½x13, four file holes at top edge, partial carbon copy. Nov. 12, 1941. Cooper, who was 19 at the time, signed this contract to appear in a film titled Growing Pains. He was to receive a weekly salary of $4,000 a week for at least five weeks. This contract also gave RKO Radio the option to have Cooper appear in three more films at higher rates of pay. We can't find any Cooper or Taurog films titled Growing Pains. We do know that Cooper appeared in three other movies in 1941 - Her First Beau, Life with Henry and Ziegfeld Girl - while Taurog directed Design for Scandal and Men of Boys Town. Child film star COOPER, born John Cooper, Jr. in Los Angeles, California (1922-2011), appeared first in Hal Roach's "Our Gang" comedies, then earned an Oscar nomination as Skippy (1931). He co-starred with Wallace Beery in several films of the 1930s, including The Champ and Treasure Island. As an adult, his film opportunities diminished, but Cooper had two hit TV series in the 1950s, The People's Choice and Hennessy. He won an Emmy (1973) for directing episodes of M*A*S*H. Cooper played newspaper editor Perry White in all four of the Christopher Reeves Superman movies (1981-1987). American director TAUROG (1899-1981, born in Chicago, Illinois) won the 1931 Best Director Academy Award for Skippy (1931), which featured his nine year-old nephew and up-and-coming child star Jackie Cooper. (Taurog reportedly threatened to shoot Cooper's dog during the filming of Skippy to make him cry; Cooper later called his autobiography Please Don't Shoot My Dog) He was also nominated for Best Director honors for Boys Town (1938). In all, he directed almost 180 films between 1920 and 1968. Among them were nine films featuring Elvis Presley and five with Jerry Lewis, both in partnership with Dean Martin and alone and David O. Selznick's adaptation of the Samuel Clemens novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938). Lightly toned and creased. Light tears at top and right edge of signature page. Staple holes at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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