JOE ROSENTHAL - DOCUMENT SIGNED 09/30/1953 CO-SIGNED BY: KEN MURRAY - HFSID 251572
Sale Price $488.75
JOE ROSENTHAL and KEN MURRAY
A signed letter allowing the host to use the photographer's likeness for his television show Where Were You?
Document Signed: "Joe Rosenthal" and "Ken Murray" (next to "Accepted"). One page. 8½x11. Hollywood, California, September 30, 1953. On letterhead imprinted: "Edgar Bergen" and "Ken Murray" of Edgar Bergen-Ken Murray Productions. Letter from Rosenthal to Murray regarding his participation in Murray's proposed show, Where Were You?. In Full: "This letter will act as my authorization to permit you to photograph me in motion pictures and record my voice for your television series, "WHERE WERE YOU?' For services rendered, I am to receive two hundred and fifty dollars." Joe Rosenthal (1911-2006), already a veteran Associated Press combat photographer, won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of five U.S. Marines and a navy corpsmen planting the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. This justly celebrated photo has been the model for a U.S. stamp, a war bond campaign, and the U.S. Marine War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 7,000 Americans, almost 6,000 of them Marines, including three in the photograph, died in the battle for the strategically important Pacific island. That represents nearly one-third of the Marines killed in all of WWII. Multitalented entertainer Ken Murray (1903-1988) was a vaudevillian, actor, and radio and television entertainer who hosted The Ken Murray Show, an hour-long variety show on Saturday nights on CBS (1950-1952). It was also broadcast on the radio nationally; at the time, televisions were still not present in the majority of households. Another show he hosted called Where Were You? aired locally in the Los Angeles, California area from 1954 to 1957. He performed in various films, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Follow Me, Boys! (1966), and Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976). Perhaps his most important contribution to Hollywood, however, was his use of home movies with Hollywood celebrities. He sent footage of actors like Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin to his grandparents, and he later used this film to create films like Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963). They provide a first-hand account of Hollywood stars behind the scenes. He wrote a number of books over the decades, including an autobiography. Folds, horizontal fold underlines Rosenthal's signature, touching the lower loop of the "J". Lightly shaded at upper blank edge. Three file holes at blank left and right margins. Otherwise, fine condition.
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