JAMES "JIMMY" STEWART - DOCUMENT SIGNED 08/11/1941 - HFSID 177568
Sale Price $405.00
Stewart signed this document in 1941 to give Paramount permission to let Bob Hope mention his name in an Irving Berlin musical, Louisiana Purchase.
Carbon document signed"James Stewart" in black ink. Countersigned "Benjamin Thau" as Assistant Secretary of Loew's Inc. in blue ink with "no objection to the foregoing use". 1 page, 8½x11. Aug. 11, 1941. Addressed to Paramount Pictures, Inc. Hollywood, California. In full: "I hereby consent to the use of my name in the dialogue of your forthcoming photoplay now entitled LOUISIANA PURCHASE, in which my name appears as follows: LOGANBERRY What is this! JIM It's a filibuster, Senator...a tonsil marathon! You'd better call off this investigation - or you're going to learn to sit here till moss grows on your north side! LOGANBERRY But you can't do this! JIM Yes I can - I phoned and got special permission from Jimmy Stewart! No compensation is payable to me in connection with the use of my name as aforesaid, and I hereby release and relieve you of and from all claims and demands of any kind and character in connection with the use of said name as herein set forth. This consent is given for your benefit as well as for the benefit of your successors or assigns." Louisiana Purchase (1941), with original music by Irving Berlin, starred Bob Hope as Jim Taylor and Victor Moore as Senator Oliver P. Loganberry. It was Hope who had the line about Jimmy Stewart, referring to Stewart's famous filibuster scene in 1939's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Stewart (1908-1997, born in Indiana, Pennsylvania) starred in more recognized masterpieces of the American cinema than any other actor. In 1940, he won the Best Actor Academy Award for The Philadelphia Story, and he was nominated for Oscars in the same category for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), It's A Wonderful Life (1946), Harvey (1950) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959). Stewart, who was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1984, also appeared in You Can't Take It With You (1938), Destry Rides Again (1939), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Rear Window (1954), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Vertigo (1958) and a long list of other features. Lightly toned and creased. Staple holes and 2 torn file holes at upper edge. Folded four times and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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