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KEEFE BRASSELLE - CONTRACT MULTI-SIGNED 10/19/1956 - HFSID 299317

KEEFE BRASSELLE Signed contract for his starring role in the film West of Suez (later released as The Fighting Wildcats), with a supplemental agreement assuring him of top billing, also signed by the actor Contract signed: "Keefe Brasselle", 15 pages, 8x13. No place, 1956 October 19.

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KEEFE BRASSELLE
Signed contract for his starring role in the film West of Suez (later released as The Fighting Wildcats), with a supplemental agreement assuring him of top billing, also signed by the actor
Contract signed: "Keefe Brasselle", 15 pages, 8x13. No place, 1956 October 19. Agreement between Amalgamated Productions, Inc. employs Keefe Brasselle to appear as an actor in the upcoming film "West of Suez", commencing on October 29, 1956, for a sum of $2,000.00 a week. Accompanied by: Document signed twice: "Keefe Brasselle", 1 page, 8½x11. New York, N.Y., 1956 October 18. Brassele signs acceptance of a letter from Amalgamated Productions, Inc., supplementing a film contract of the same date, promising that "... you shall receive first billing above the main title on all prints distributed in the Western Hemisphere. ..." Addition in Brassele's hand: " equal size to TITLE including paid advertising", to which the company has added "controlled by Amalgamated." Initialed: "KB". KEEFE BRASSELLE (1923-1981, born John Brasselli in Elyria, Ohio) was probably a better nightclub singer than he was an actor. Nevertheless, he was a leading man during the 1950s and managed to land a few plum assignments, including a starring role in multiple-Oscar winning A Place in the Sun (1951) and the title role in The Eddie Cantor Story (1953). He was also an executive at CBS on the strength of his friendship with James T. Aubrey. This friendship cooled substantially after three series developed by Brasselle's series were cancelled. The experience left Brasselle so bitter that he wrote a thinly veiled novel about CBS called The Cannibals. Brasselle had a total of over 40 movies and TV shows to his credit. Ironically, the start and end of his acting career were similarly inauspicious, beginning with an uncredited role in the 1942 United States Navy educational film U. S. S. VD: Ship of Shame and ending with starring and acting duties in the 1974 sex musical If You Don't Stop It... You'll Go Blind. Lightly soiled. Lightly worn. Lightly creased. Staples at top left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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