MONTGOMERY CLIFT - DOCUMENT SIGNED 06/01/1957 CO-SIGNED BY: HARPO (ADOLPH) MARX, LAURENCE W. BEILENSON, GREGORY PECK, ALEXANDER TUCKER, GUY WARD, GEORGE CHASIN, CHAUNCEY STARR - HFSID 292085
The eight signatories assign their rights to specified oil leases in Oklahoma to two drilling companies for "the sum of ten dollars and other good and valuable considerations."
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MONTGOMERY CLIFT, HARPO MARX, GREGORY PECK, and OTHER HOLLYWOOD NOTABLES The eight signatories assign their rights to specified oil leases in Oklahoma to two drilling companies for "the sum of ten dollars and other good and valuable considerations." Document signed: "Laurence W. Beilenson", "Alexander Tucker", "Harpo Marx", "Guy Ward", "George Chasin", 'Chauncey Starr", "Montgomery Clift" and "Gregory Peck", 6 pages (front and verso), 8½x14. Shawnee, Oklahoma, 1957 June 1. In exchange for "the sum of ten dollars and other good and valuable considerations," the signers transfer all rights to a lengthy series of specified oil leases in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, to the Sooner Drilling Company (1/4 interest) and the Berg and Buck Drilling Company ¾ interest. Notarized on page 5. Adolph Arthur "HARPO" MARX (1888-1964), who changed his name to Arthur during WWI, was known for his pantomime and harp playing in the zany Marx Brothers comedies, in which he also chased blondes and created general mayhem. In 1961, the "silent Marx brother" published Harpo Speaks, his autobiography. Nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Actor, GREGORY PECK (1916-2003) won the 1963 Oscar for the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. He received nominations in 1946 for portraying Father Francis Chisholm in The Keys of the Kingdom, in 1947 for the role of Pa Baxter in The Yearling, 1948 for playing Phil Green in Gentleman's Agreement and 1950 for the role of Brigadier General Frank in Twelve O'Clock High. MONTGOMERY CLIFT (1920-1966), who had made his debut on Broadway at the age of 13, became an instant star after his film debut in 1948's Red River. Before making his last film, The Defector, in 1966, "Monty" was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in 1948 (The Search), 1951 (A Place in the Sun) and 1953 (From Here to Eternity). He was also nominated for the 1961 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as witness Rudolph Peterson in Judgment at Nuremberg. LAURENCE BEILENSON (1907-1988) was a lawyer active in organizing Hollywood trade unions, including the Screen Actors Guild. As a talent agent, he represented Ronald Reagan, Greta Garbo and Grouch Marx, among others. He was an advisor to Reagan in the early phases of the future President's political career. Reagan cited Beilenson's book The Treaty Trap approvingly in his West Point commencement address. GEORGE CHASIN (1906-1987), also a lawyer and talent agent was a partner in his own firm, Chasin-Park-Citron. He was a trustee of the American Film Institute. CHAUNCEY STARR (1906-2007) was an electrical engineer with special expertise on nuclear energy. He appeared in documentary films; otherwise his connection with the above Hollywood figures is uncertain. No information is available on Alexander Tucker or Guy Ward. Staple at top left and right corners. Heavily creased. Notches at top edge on page 1. Minor notches along all edges. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition. Previously authenticated by PSA/DNA.
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