PAUL LUKAS - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 11/16/1946 - HFSID 289193
Sale Price $680.00
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce Paul Lukas's signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Lukas, once as an autograph sample and again to grant permission. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "Paul Lukas", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1946 November 14. Paul Lukas grants to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, Inc., its successors and assigns, the exclusive right, until December 31, 1947 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. Hungarian-born stage and screen actor Paul Lukas (1895-1971), born Pál Lukács, won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Actor for Watch on The Rhine, a role he reprised from the 1941 Broadway run of Lillian Hellman's play. Lukas, who trained for the stage at the Hungarian Actors Academy became a popular star in Europe before being brought to the U.S. by Adolph Zukor in 1927. Beginning in 1928, Lukas appeared in a number of feature films, including City Streets (1931), Little Women (1933), Dodsworth (1936), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Tender is the Night (1961), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) and Lord Jim (1965). He also made TV movies, appeared in a number of early TV anthologies, such as Studio One (1949), The United States Steel Hour (1955) and Playhouse 90, and was a guest star on several TV series, including The F.B.I. (1966, 1967), The Name of the Game (1968) and It Takes a Thief (1969).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 (worn). Staple holes at top left. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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