MARLON BRANDO - PROMISSORY NOTE SIGNED 09/20/1976 - HFSID 255746
Sale Price $2,550.00
His ink signature on a photocopied 1976 document, borrowing half a million dollars from Francis Ford Coppola
Photocopy of a Typed DS, signed in ink: "Marlon Brando", 1¼ pages, 8½x13. California, 1976. A Promissory note for $500,000. In part: "On September 20, 1976, for value received, the undersigned, Colony Productions, Inc., a California corporation, maker, and Marlon Brando, maker, and each of them, jointly and severally, promise to pay to the order of Coppola Cinema Seven, a California corporation (herein, 'Cinema Seven') in lawful money of the United States, such sums as the holder hereof may hereafter loan or advance to the undersigned, not exceeding in the aggregate the principal sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00), together with interest thereon...This note is made pursuant to the terms and provisions of a lending agreement between Cinema Seven and Colony Productions, Inc., for the services of Marlon Brando, dated as of March 1, 1976, and this Note is subject to the terms and provisions therein applicable hereto...." At the time of thisdocument, Marlon Brando (1924-2004) was signed by Coppola to star in his epic about the Vietnam War, Apocalypse Now, much of it to be shot in the Philippines. Fraught with troubles and delays, including an earthquake, the film was released in 1979 at a cost of about $40 million, $28 million over budget. In the movie, a disillusioned Army captain (Martin Sheen) travels into Cambodia to assassinate an overweight renegade played by Marlon Brando. Also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, it won 1979 Academy Awardsfor Cinematography and Sound. Brando had won Academy Awards for Best Actor in 1954 (On the Waterfront) and 1972 (The Godfather). He refused to accept his 1972 award in protest against the plight of the American Indian. Coppola had won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Director of The Godfather Part II. Both "Godfather" films won Best Picture Oscars. Lightly creased. File holes at upper blank margins. Staple holes at upper left corner. Overall, fine condition.
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