MACK "THE KING OF COMEDY" SENNETT - CONTRACT DOUBLE SIGNED 05/19/1919 CO-SIGNED BY: HARRIET HAMMOND, JOHN A. WALDRON - HFSID 295828
Sale Price $1,190.00
MACK SENNETT, HARRIET HAMMOND and JOHN A. WALDRONThe pioneering filmmaker signs actress Hammond, originally one of his Bathing Beauties, to a 6-month contract, witnessed by production manager Waldron. Three decades later the original signers sign an ink note cancelling the contract.Contract signed twice each: "Mack Sennett", "Harriet Hammond", "J A Waldron", 5 pages, 8½x14. Los Angeles, California, 1919 May 19. Sennett hires Hammond as an actress for a period of six months, at a starting salary of $35 per week, increased to $40 after three months, with provisions for three further 6-month extensions. Signed on page 2, and also at an ink note on page 1: "Cancelled/August 9/1950". Accompanied by two carbons of letters notifying Hammond of contract extensions. MACK SENNETT(1880-1960, born Michael Sinnott in Quebec, Canada) the "Father of Slapstick Comedy", was the creator of the Keystone Kops. He directed or produced over 1000 comedy shorts between 1909 and 1933. Sennett's films usually featured bathing beauties, custard pies and the Keystone Kops. His 1914 film, Tillie's Punctured Romance, was the first American feature-length comedy. His films featured silent era stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Mabel Normand and Chester Conklin. By 1919, the year of this contract, he had left Keystone and was producing films at his own company, generating 26 (more than two a month) that year. HARRIET HAMMOND (1899-1990) was hired out of high school as one of Sennett's famed Bathing Beauties. Hammond, who possessed good athletic skills and a flair for comedy, later filled more prominent roles for M-G-M, co-starring in 1925 with Ramon Novarro in The Midshipman and with Harry Carey in The Man from Red Gulch. The reason for the cancellation signatures on this document is unclear. Hammond appeared in no films after 1930. Writer and producer JOHN A. WALDRON was Sennett's production manager from 1917 to 1933. Hollywood reporter Jimmy Starr, who once worked for Sennett, tells us in his autobiography that Waldron had a reliable pitch when hiring new employees: "Training under the great Mack Sennett assures you a job in any other studio." Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Minor notches at center bottom edge. Minor notches at folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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