JAMES DARREN - CONTRACT SIGNED 06/15/1962 - HFSID 158365
Sale Price $510.00
JAMES DARREN. Carbon Contract signed: "James Darren" in ink as Performer, 8p, 8½x11. New York, 1962 June 15. "Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract - Television" for "Single Broadcast or Multiple Broadcasts Within One Calendar Week" in which James Darren is contracted to be part of a panel on The Tonight Show. Darren is to be paid $320 plus $32.00 for a total of $352 for his appearance, which is scheduled for June 15, 1962. Darren has initialed: "J.D." next to the line indicating that his check is to be payable to "MCA (for Jimmy Darren)". Also signed: "John J Carsey" for the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. Lightly creased with folds, not at signatures. Staple holes at upper left blank corner, paper clip impressions at upper blank margins of all pages. Fine condition. Accompanied by carbon typed memo, unsigned, dated June 20, 1962, relating to this "fully executed contract covering JAMES DARREN appearance on the 'Tonight' show, June 15, 1962". On thin paper, lightly creased with folds. Staple holes at upper left blank corner, paper clip impression at upper blank margin. Penciled "File" (unknown hand) and red pencil underlines at 3 places. Receipt stamp at mid-right margin. Overall, fine condition. With an unrelated mimeographed memo, unsigned, dated November 20, 1961, mentioning that Darren is under contract to Columbia Pictures and his hit song, "Goodbye Cruel World". It also notes that Darren has only made appearances on Bob Hope and Ed Sullivan television shows and calls for "some action for Darren immediately." A suggested compensation was "in the neighborhood of $7,500", a far cry from the $352 that Darren received for his appearance on The Today Show seven months later. Lightly creased. Nicked at mid-left blank edge. Paper clip impression at upper blank margin, red pencil underlines at two places. Fine condition. In 1961, the year before he signed this contract, Darren had appeared in two feature films: The Guns of Navarone and Gidget Goes Hawaiian. In 1956, 20-year-old James Darren's movie debut was as the star of Rumble on the Docks, which also starred Robert Blake. Darren was also Moondoggie in three Gidget movies (1959, 1961, 1963). In 1961, Darren recorded "Goodbye Cruel World" which rose to #3 on the charts. As a recording star, he also reached the Top 40 in 1967 with "All" and hit the charts in 1977 with "You Take My Heart Away". Darren starred in two TV series, Time Tunnel (1966-1967) and T. J. Hooker (1982-1986) and co-starred on Star Trek Deep Space Nine as hologram crooner Vic Fontaine (1998-1999), reprising songs from the series on his 1999 album, This One's From the Heart. He also starred as Tony Marlin on Melrose Place in 1999. Three items.
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