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PAUL HENREID - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/20/1946 - HFSID 288928

PAUL HENREID Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Paul Henreid's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Paul Henreid, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission.

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PAUL HENREID Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Paul Henreid's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Paul Henreid, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example! Document signed twice: "Paul Henreid", 1 page, 8½x11. Burbank, California, 1946 July 20. Paul Henreid grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, to use his name, autograph, photographic likeness, or artist's sketch of the likeness, for reproduction on engraved, embossed or printed stamps, and in stamp albums, and in connection with the advertising and exploitation of these stamps and stamp albums for sale throughout the world. Paul Henreid (1908-1992) was originally cast in supporting roles, often as Germanic villains. After 1940, when he moved to Hollywood and became a US citizen, Henreid began to get starring roles. These included Now Voyager (1942) and Of Human Bondage (1946), but his most famous role was that of resistance leader Viktor Lazslo, Humphrey Bogart's rival for the affections of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942). Henreid could also swashbuckle, as in Buccaneers (1950). From the 1950s onward, Henreid focused on directing films (Dead Ringer, 1964) and TV episodes (Alfred Hitchcock Presents). The Motion Picture Relief Fund was founded in 1921 to assist ill and needy film industry veterans, as expressed in its motto: "We take care of our own." The fund raised money through voluntary payroll deductions and celebrity events. As President of the Fund from 1939 until his death in 1956, film and radio star Jean Hersholt conceived Hollywood Star Stamps as a fundraising method. These stamps, 468 in all, were sold at dime stores after World War II in sheets of 6-12, at 10 cents per sheet, and were an immediate hit with collectors. Now called the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the non-profit organization funds its own hospital and retirement home. It confers the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award annually at the Academy Awards ceremony to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." Three filing holes at left. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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