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LOUIS HAYWARD - CONTRACT SIGNED 08/25/1941 - HFSID 178238

LOUIS HAYWARD Hayward signed this contract with RKO Radio Pictures in 1941, giving the studio a one-year option to use Hayward in a to-be-named movie. Contract signed "Louis Hayward" in blue ink. Also signed by a representative of RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. 16 pages, 8¼x10¾, single-sided. Aug. 25, 1941.

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LOUIS HAYWARD
Hayward signed this contract with RKO Radio Pictures in 1941, giving the studio a one-year option to use Hayward in a to-be-named movie.
Contract signed "Louis Hayward" in blue ink. Also signed by a representative of RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. 16 pages, 8¼x10¾, single-sided. Aug. 25, 1941. This contract is a "Settlement Agreement" between Hayward and RKO Radio Pictures. It relates to the cancellation of another employment agreement between Hayward and the studio, and gave RKO Radio an irrevocable option to use him in one movie, with shooting to begin between Aug. 18, 1941 and Aug. 18, 1942. Hayward would get star billing in this as-yet-unnamed movie and be paid a maximum of $15,000 for six weeks of work, with additional pay coming his way if shooting on this movie ran over six weeks. He could also turn down a movie if he didn't like the director, but doing so could tack an additional 13 weeks onto the studio's option on him. We're not sure which movie this contract refers to. It's possible that it's for The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), which was produced in part by RKO Radio Pictures, but Hayward only had a bit part in this movie as a "Ballroom Dancer". Hayward (1909-1985, born in Johannesburg, South Africa) was an American actor with over 60 TV shows and movies to his credit between 1932 and 1974. He managed a London nightclub before debuting on the London stage. He co-starred in a number of stage productions, including Dracula and Another Language, before his screen debut in Self-Made Lady (1932). He premiered on Broadway in 1935's Point Verlaine, a performance that which earned him a Hollywood contract. Hayward played rogues and heroes... and sometimes a little of both, with roles as D'Artagnan, Dick Turpin, Captain Blood, Simon Templar in the last of the Saint B-movie series and, in 1954, as producer and star of The Lone Wolf TV series. Hayward served as a Marine during World War II and supervised the filming of the Battle of Tarawa, earning him a Bronze Star for courage under fire. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Staple holes in top edge. Top edges of some pages are ragged and torn. Otherwise in fine condition.

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