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MILTON BERLE - CONTRACT SIGNED 11/15/1951 - HFSID 145091

Comedian Milton Berle signed this contract in 1951 to appear on an episode of the Ford Festival Television Program for no compensation. Contract signed: "Milton Merle" in black ink and representative of James Melton Enterprises in blue ink.

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MILTON BERLE
Comedian Milton Berle signed this contract in 1951 to appear on an episode of the Ford Festival Television Program for no compensation.
Contract signed: "Milton Merle" in black ink and representative of James Melton Enterprises in blue ink. Pencil notations and marks in both bottom corners in unknown hand. 1 page, 8½x11. Nov. 15- 1951. Addressed to Mr. Milton Berle, New York City.Contract between James Melton Enterprises and Berle for his appearance in the Ford Festival Television Program airing Nov. 15, 1951 with no compensation. With the encouragement of the quintessential stage-mother, Berle (1908-2002, born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan, New York) played small supporting roles in silents, including the part of a newsboy in the first-ever feature-length comedy, Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914), starring Charlie Chaplin. Berle then moved into vaudeville and became a headliner, with occasional stopovers on Broadway and in Hollywood, into the WWII years. His lengthy starring role in the 1943 edition of Broadway's Ziegfeld Follies established him as a star. After only moderate success on radio and in films, Berle made a spectacular television debut as star of NBC's Texaco Star Theatre in 1948, dominating the airwaves on Tuesday nights until 1956. He became known as "Mr. Television" and was everyone's "Uncle Miltie". Lightly toned and creased. Pencil marks touch Berle's signature, which is still legible. Light tears and nicks and two file holes in top edge. Light discoloration and pinhole in top left corner. Folded twice and unfolded. Light tear on right edge along top fold. Otherwise in fine condition.

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