LOUIS B. MAYER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/05/1930 - HFSID 274325
LOUIS B. MAYER. Carbon Typed DS: "Louis B Mayer" in ink as Vice President of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios under "Approved and Accepted" on last page, 3p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Hollywood, California, 1930 November 5.
Sale Price $440.00
LOUIS B. MAYER. Carbon Typed DS: "Louis B Mayer" in ink as Vice President of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios under "Approved and Accepted" on last page, 3p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Hollywood, California, 1930 November 5. On letterhead of Fox Film Corporation Studio, Hollywood to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, California, regarding Fox lending the William Holden to M-G-M. In part: "This is to confirm the agreement that we have made with you to lend to you the services of WILLIAM HOLDEN, hereinafter referred to as the 'artist' for the role of 'Motley Jordan', in the production now entitled 'DANCE, FOOLS, DANCE', to be produced by you and directed by Harry Beaumont...." The agreement covers eight points, including the term of Holden's work ("in no event later than November 6th, 1930" and continuing to the end of filming), compensation ("$1,200.00 per week, said compensation to start on the date of the commencement of the term hereof"), wardrobe (to be furnished at the expense of M-G-M) and rights to Holden's voice and image for promotional purposes. Also signed by the General Superintendent of Fox Film Corporation and witnessed by a member of the Fox Film Studios Legal Department. This contact was for the appearance of character actor (not leading man) William Holden (1862-1932), who appeared with Joan Crawford in Dance, Fools, Dance, which was released in 1931. In the year he signed this document, Mayer's daughter, Irene (1907-1990), married David O. Selznick (1902-1965), who had started his career at M-G-M, but left for Paramount and RKO before returning to M-G-M in 1933. In 1918, Louis B. Mayer (1885-1957), who had been born Lazar Mayer in the Ukraine, founded Metro Pictures Corp. and Louis B. Mayer Pictures Corp. In 1925, he merged with Goldwyn Pictures to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Mayer, who developed the star system (his discoveries included Valentino, Gable, and Garbo), was the highest paid U.S. business executive of the 1930s. He was also one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Lightly creased with folds, not at signatures. Four file holes at upper margins, minor paper loss to edge above each, upper right corner of second page chipped away. Overall, fine condition.
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