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The author and his publicist sign a contract agreeing to give the publishing rights to, and provide, Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. an autobiography by January 1, 1950
Contract Signed: "Lionel Barrymore", "Cameron Shipp", "W. Morgan Shuster". 6p (two 9½x14 sheets and one 8¼x11 sheet), front and verso. New York, 1949 June 28. The actor enters into an agreement with the William Morris Agency, Inc. and Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. to write his autobiography. In part: "In consideration of the premises, the AUTHOR hereby grants and assigns to the PUBLISHERS a work, which is entitled AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, or some similar title, and the rights of book publication thereof...The AUTHOR agrees to deliver to THE PUBLISHERS a copy of said work, complete and ready for the press, satisfactory to the PUBLISHERS, and subject to the approval of the PUBLISHERS as to its containing any obscene matter or any matter in violation of Clause 2 of this contract, together with all necessary drawings and other illustrative material, on or about January 1, 1950...It is further understood and agreed that the PUBLISHERS shall have the option of publishing the next book written by the said Cameron Shipp...It is further understood and agreed that, after the sale of three thousand five hundred (3,500) copies of the regular edition, the PUBLISHERS shall pay to the AUTHOR, or his legal representative, a royalty of twelve and one-half (12½) per cent of the catalogue (retail) price of all further copies of the regular edition...." Barrymore has initialed "L.B." above point 15, below point 24 and above point 25. Also signed: "Cameron Shipp" of the William Morris Agency, Inc. and "W. Morgan Shuster" as President of Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. Shipp has initialed: "CS" above point 15, below point 24 and above point 25. Shuster has initialed: "W.M.S" to the left of point 19. Barrymore's autobiography, We Barrymores (by Lionel Barrymore as told to Cameron Shipp), was published in 1951. Barrymore, who loved art and music more than acting, also wrote a novel, Mr. Cantonwine: A Moral Tale (1953), numerous screenplays and over 100 unpublished musical pieces. In addition to assisting Barrymore with his autobiography, publicist CAMERON SHIPP also completed Mack Sennett's autobiography in 1954. LIONEL BARRYMORE (1878-1954), born Lionel Blythe, was the older brother of Ethel (1879-1959) and John (1882-1942) Barrymore. Abandoning his dreams for a career as an artist for acting, Lionel, who became a character actor rather than a leading man like his brother, won the 1930-1931 Academy Award for A Free Soul and was nominated for the 1928-1929 Academy Award for Best Director for Madame X. Despite openly professing a loathing for the acting profession, Barrymore appeared in a number of films, giving acclaimed performances in Peter Ibbetson (1917) and The Copperhead (1920), and winning great popularity as Dr. Gillespie in a number of popular "Dr. Kildare" films (1938-1947). His other film credits include Grand Hotel (1932), David Copperfield (1935), Captains Courageous (1937), It's A Wonderful Life (1946), Duel in the Sun (1946), Key Largo (1948) and Down to the Sea in Ships (1949). Barrymore was also known for his annual radio appearances as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. WILLIAM MORGAN SHUSTER (1877-1960) was an American-born lawyer, publisher, and civil servant. His most well-known appointment was that of treasurer-general of Persia, a role he filled during 1911, until he was expelled by the vice-regent of Persia. Shuster received his education from Columbia University and Law School, and served in Cuba and the Philippines as a customs collector for the government of the United States. Shuster entered the publishing market upon his return from Persia, eventually being appointed the President of Century Publishing. During his time as president, Shuster facilitated mergers between Century Publishing, Appleton Publishing, and Crofts Publishing, eventually forming what was known as Century-Appleton-Crofts Publishing. Lightly creased, slightly soiled, light stain at upper right blank margin of first page. Adhesive residue at lower margin of signature page and page 4. File holes at lower blank margin of first page, upper and lower blank margins of signature page and upper and middle portions of other pages. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California

Film Credits
2011 Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (Other), 2008 Spisok korabley (Other), 2008 Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass (Other), 2005 Settling the Score (Other), 2005 Garbo (Other), 2004 Love Find Andy Hardy Intro (Other), 2004 Checking Out: Grand Hotel (Other), 2003 The Mesmerist (Other), 2003 Complicated Women (Other), 2002 Biography (Other), 1998 The Great Christmas Movies (Other), 1998 Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (Other), 1996 Escape from It's a Wonderful Life (Other), 1990 Home Alone (Other), 1980 Hollywood (Other), 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Other), 1975 Hooray for Hollywood (Other), 1974 That's Entertainment! (Other), 1969 Hollywood: The Selznick Years (Other), 1968 Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed (Other), 1964 The Big Parade of Comedy (Other), 1956 Our Mr. Sun (Performer), 1955-1956 MGM Parade (Other), 1955 Film Fun (Other), 1953 Yesterday and Today (Other), 1953 Main Street to Broadway (in person), 1952 Lone Star (Performer), 1951 The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (in person), 1951 Bannerline (Performer), 1950 Screen Actors (in person), 1950 Right Cross (Performer), 1949 Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership (in person), 1949 Malaya (Performer), 1949 Down to the Sea in Ships (Performer), 1948 Key Largo (Performer), 1947 Flicker Flashbacks No. 2, Series 5 (Other), 1947 Dark Delusion (Performer), 1946 Three Wise Fools (Performer), 1946 The Secret Heart (Performer), 1946 It's a Wonderful Life (Performer), 1946 Duel in the Sun (Performer), 1945 The Valley of Decision (Performer), 1945 Between Two Women (Performer), 1944 Since You Went Away (Performer), 1944 Dragon Seed (Performer), 1944 3 Men in White (Performer), 1943 The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith (Performer), 1943 Some of the Best (Other), 1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (Performer), 1943 A Guy Named Joe (Performer), 1942 Tennessee Johnson (Performer), 1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory (Performer), 1942 Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (Performer), 1942 Calling Dr. Gillespie (Performer), 1941 The People vs. Dr. Kildare (Performer), 1941 The Penalty (Performer), 1941 The Bad Man (Performer), 1941 Lady Be Good (Performer), 1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (Performer), 1940 The Stars Look Down (Performer), 1940 The Miracle of Sound (Other), 1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World (Other), 1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (Performer), 1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis (Performer), 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home (Performer), 1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (Other), 1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare (Performer), 1939 On Borrowed Time (Performer), 1939 Let Freedom Ring (Performer), 1939 Land of Liberty (Other), 1939 From the Ends of the Earth (Other), 1939 Calling Dr. Kildare (Performer), 1938 Young Dr. Kildare (Performer), 1938 You Can't Take It with You (Performer), 1938 Test Pilot (Performer), 1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (in person), 1938 A Yank at Oxford (Performer), 1938 A Fireside Chat with Lionel Barrymore (in person), 1937 Saratoga (Performer), 1937 Navy Blue and Gold (Performer), 1937 Captains Courageous (Performer), 1937 A Family Affair (Performer), 1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann (Performer), 1936 The Road to Glory (Performer), 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy (Performer), 1936 The Devil-Doll (Performer), 1936 Camille (Performer), 1935 The Return of Peter Grimm (Performer), 1935 The Little Colonel (Performer), 1935 Public Hero #1 (Performer), 1935 Mark of the Vampire (Performer), 1935 David Copperfield (Performer), 1935 Ah, Wilderness! (Performer), 1934 Treasure Island (Performer), 1934 This Side of Heaven (Performer), 1934 The Girl from Missouri (Performer), 1934 La ciudad de cartón (in person), 1934 Carolina (Performer), 1933 The Stranger's Return (Performer), 1933 Sweepings (Performer), 1933 Should Ladies Behave (Performer), 1933 One Man's Journey (Performer), 1933 Night Flight (Performer), 1933 Looking Forward (Performer), 1933 Dinner at Eight (Performer), 1933 Christopher Bean (Performer), 1932/I Grand Hotel (Performer), 1932 The Washington Masquerade (Performer), 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (Performer), 1932 Broken Lullaby (Performer), 1932 Arsène Lupin (Performer), 1931 The Yellow Ticket (Performer), 1931 The Movie Album (Other), 1931 The Christmas Party (in person), 1931 Ten Cents a Dance (Director), 1931 Mata Hari (Performer), 1931 Jackie Cooper's Birthday Party (in person), 1931 Guilty Hands (Director), 1931 Guilty Hands (Performer), 1931 A Free Soul (Performer), 1930 The Sea Bat (Director), 1930 The Rogue Song (Director), 1930 Redemption (Director), 1930 Olympia (Sound), 1930 Free and Easy (Performer), 1930 Estrellados (in person), 1929 The Unholy Night (Director), 1929 The Mysterious Island (Performer), 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (in person), 1929 Madame X (Director), 1929 His Glorious Night (Director), 1929 Confession (Director), 1928 West of Zanzibar (Performer), 1928 The River Woman (Performer), 1928 The Lion and the Mouse (Performer), 1928 Sadie Thompson (Performer), 1928 Road House (Performer), 1928 Drums of Love (Performer), 1928 Alias Jimmy Valentine (Performer), 1927 Women Love Diamonds (Performer), 1927 The Thirteenth Hour (Performer), 1927 The Show (Performer), 1927 Body and Soul (Performer), 1926 Wife Tamers (Performer), 1926 The Temptress (Performer), 1926 The Lucky Lady (Performer), 1926 The Bells (Performer), 1926 The Barrier (Performer), 1926 Paris at Midnight (Performer), 1926 Brooding Eyes (Performer), 1925 The Wrongdoers (Performer), 1925 The Woman Who Did (Performer), 1925 The Splendid Road (Performer), 1925 The Girl Who Wouldn't Work (Performer), 1925 Fifty-Fifty (Performer), 1925 Children of the Whirlwind (Performer), 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (Performer), 1925 A Man of Iron (Performer), 1924 Wedding Women (Performer), 1924 Meddling Women (Performer), 1924 I Am the Man (Performer), 1924 Decameron Nights (Performer), 1924 America (Performer), 1923 Unseeing Eyes (Performer), 1923 The Eternal City (Performer), 1923 Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 7 (in person), 1923 Enemies of Women (Performer), 1922 The Face in the Fog (Performer), 1922 Boomerang Bill (Performer), 1921 The Great Adventure (Performer), 1921 Jim the Penman (Performer), 1920 The Master Mind (Performer), 1920 The Devil's Garden (Performer), 1920 The Copperhead (Performer), 1917 The Millionaire's Double (Performer), 1917 The End of the Tour (Performer), 1917 National Red Cross Pageant (Performer), 1917 Life's Whirlpool (Writer), 1917 Life's Whirlpool (Director), 1917 His Father's Son (Performer), 1916/I The Quitter (Performer), 1916 The Upheaval (Performer), 1916 The Brand of Cowardice (Performer), 1916 Dorian's Divorce (Performer), 1915 Wildfire (Performer), 1915 The Romance of Elaine (Performer), 1915 The Flaming Sword (Performer), 1915 The Curious Conduct of Judge Legarde (Performer), 1915 Dora Thorne (Performer), 1915 A Yellow Streak (Performer), 1915 A Modern Magdalen (Performer), 1914/I The Woman in Black (Performer), 1914 Woman Against Woman (Performer), 1914 Under the Gaslight (Performer), 1914 The Span of Life (Performer), 1914 The Seats of the Mighty (Performer), 1914 The Primitive Man (Performer), 1914 The Power of the Press (Performer), 1914 The Massacre (Performer), 1914 The Exploits of Elaine (Performer), 1914 The Cracksman's Gratitude (Performer), 1914 The Bartered Crown (Performer), 1914 Strongheart (Performer), 1914 Men and Women (Performer), 1914 Just Boys (Director), 1914 Judith of Bethulia (Performer), 1914 Her Father's Silent Partner (Performer), 1914 Classmates (Performer), 1914 Chocolate Dynamite (Director), 1913/II The Wanderer (Performer), 1913 Where's the Baby (Director), 1913 Under the Shadow of the Law (Performer), 1913 Three Friends (Performer), 1913 The Yaqui Cur (Performer), 1913 The Wrong Bottle (Performer), 1913 The Work Habit (Performer), 1913 The Well (Performer), 1913 The Vengeance of Galora (Performer), 1913 The Vengeance of Galora (Writer), 1913 The Unwelcome Guest (Performer), 1913 The Tender Hearted Boy (Performer), 1913 The Tender Hearted Boy (Writer), 1913 The Telephone Girl and the Lady (Performer), 1913 The Switch Tower (Performer), 1913 The Suffragette Minstrels (Performer), 1913 The Strong Man's Burden (Performer), 1913 The Stolen Treaty (Performer), 1913 The Sheriff's Baby (Performer), 1913 The Ranchero's Revenge (Performer), 1913 The Perfidy of Mary (Performer), 1913 The Mirror (Performer), 1913 The Little Tease (Performer), 1913 The Lady and the Mouse (Performer), 1913 The House of Discord (Performer), 1913 The House of Darkness (Performer), 1913 The Enemy's Baby (Performer), 1913 The Crook and the Girl (Performer), 1913 The Battle at Elderbush Gulch (Performer), 1913 So Runs the Way (Performer), 1913 Red Hicks Defies the World (Performer), 1913 Pa Says (Performer), 1913 Oil and Water (Performer), 1913 No Place for Father (Director), 1913 Near to Earth (Performer), 1913 Love in an Apartment Hotel (Performer), 1913 Just Gold (Performer), 1913 In Diplomatic Circles (Performer), 1913 I Was Meant for You (Performer), 1913 His Secret (Director), 1913 His Secret (Writer), 1913 Fate (Performer), 1913 Death's Marathon (Performer), 1913 An Indian's Loyalty (Performer), 1913 An Adventure in the Autumn Woods (Performer), 1913 Almost a Wild Man (Performer), 1913 All for Science (Performer), 1913 A Timely Interception (Performer), 1913 A Misunderstood Boy (Performer), 1913 A Girl's Stratagem (Performer), 1913 A Gamble with Death (Performer), 1913 A Chance Deception (Performer), 1912 The Painted Lady (Performer), 1912 The One She Loved (Performer), 1912 The New York Hat (Performer), 1912 The Musketeers of Pig Alley (Performer), 1912 The Informer (Performer), 1912 The God Within (Performer), 1912 The Chief's Blanket (Performer), 1912 The Burglar's Dilemma (Performer), 1912 The Burglar's Dilemma (Writer), 1912 The Burglar's Dilemma (in person), 1912 So Near, Yet So Far (Performer), 1912 My Hero (Performer), 1912 My Baby (Performer), 1912 Home Folks (Performer), 1912 Heredity (Performer), 1912 Gold and Glitter (Performer), 1912 Friends (Performer), 1912 Brutality (Performer), 1912 A Cry for Help (Performer), 1911 The Miser's Heart (Performer), 1911 The Battle (Performer), 1911 Fighting Blood (Performer), 1908 The Paris Hat (Performer), 1908 The Paris Hat (Director)

Theatre Credits
Man or Devil - Performer (May 21, 1925 - June 1925), Taps - Performer (April 14, 1925 - May 1925), The Piker - Performer (January 15, 1925 - March 1925), Laugh, Clown, Laugh! - Performer (November 28, 1923 - March 1924), The Claw - Performer (October 17, 1921 - January 1922), Macbeth - Performer (March 17, 1921 - March 1921), The Letter of the Law - Performer (March 23, 1920 - July 1920), The Jest - Performer (September 19, 1919 - March 28, 1920), The Jest - Performer (April 9, 1919 - June 14, 1919), The Copperhead - Performer (March 18, 1918 - June 1918), Peter Ibbetson - Performer (April 17, 1917 - June 1917), Pantaloon / Alice Sit-by-the-Fire - Performer (December 25, 1905 - March 1906), The Other Girl - Performer (December 29, 1903 - May 1904), The Best of Friends - Performer (October 19, 1903 - December 1903), The Mummy and the Humming Bird - Performer (April 20, 1903 - Closing date unknown), The Mummy and the Humming Bird - Performer (September 4, 1902 - November 1902), The Second in Command - Performer (September 2, 1901 - December 1901), The Brixton Burglary - Performer (May 20, 1901 - July 8, 1901), Sag Harbor - Performer (September 27, 1900 - December 1900)

Born: November 10, 1903 in Dallas, Texas
Died: August 20, 1961 in Glendale, California

Film Credits
1956 Father Knows Best (Writer), 1954 This Is Your Life (in person), 1943 This Is the Army (Other), 1940 My Love Came Back (Other), 1940 My Love Came Back (Writer)

Born: February 23, 1877 in Washington, District of Columbia
Died: May 26, 1960 in New York City, New York

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