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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - CONTRACT SIGNED 10/26/1949 - HFSID 13080

RONALD REAGAN After an injury, he signs a document attesting that he has a doctor's permission to continue acting in a film which never got made. Typed Contract signed: "Ronald Reagan", 5 pages, 8½x11. Universal City, California, 1949 October 26.

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RONALD REAGAN
After an injury, he signs a document attesting that he has a doctor's permission to continue acting in a film which never got made.
Typed Contract signed: "Ronald Reagan", 5 pages, 8½x11. Universal City, California, 1949 October 26. In letter form from Universal Pictures to Reagan, c/o MCA Artists, signed by Universal's Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. Reagan has signed under "Approved and Accepted:" Universal acknowledges "that commencing on or before November 15, 1949 you desire to render services in connection with that certain photoplay now entitled 'My Sister, Goodnight' being produced by Franchot Tone; that you have not completely recovered from your recent accident, the present effects thereof and impediments resulting therefore will not interfere with the requirements of the particular role that you will portray in the aforesaid photoplay; and that your physician, because of the limited requirements of said role, is permitting you to render services in connection with said photoplay...." Universal consents to Reagan's request subject to five listed conditions relating to his obligations to Universal and his health. After completing The Hasty Heart with Richard Todd and Patricia Neal for Warner Bros. in London, Reagan returned to the United States to begin filming his first picture for Universal, a thriller (Woman in Hiding) co-starring Ida Lupino. Reagan's agent had worked out an agreement with Warner Bros. to allow his client to make one picture a year for Warners at half his original salary with the freedom to make pictures for other studios. While playing in a fund-raising baseball game with fellow actors, Reagan was knocked off his feet, resulting in multiple fractures to his right thigh. It was six months before he would be in condition to make pictures again. The book My Sister, Goodnight by Gordon McDonell was published by Little, Brown in 1948. McDonell's They Won't Believe Me had been filmed by RKO in 1947 and starred Susan Hayward and Robert Young. My Sister, Goodnight was never filmed. In 1950, Reagan made his first film for Universal, Louisa, co-starring Charles Coburn and Ruth Hussey. Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) had two careers: actor and politician. His first movie was Love is on the Air (1937) and his 53rd and last film was The Killers (1964). In 1965, he wrote his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?, a line from his role as Drake McHugh in King's Row (1942). Reagan left his job hosting television's Death Valley Days during the 1965-1966 season, when he entered politics. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. Reagan began his campaign for the presidency and narrowly lost the 1976 Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984. After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. On February 6, 2001, Reagan became just the third U.S. President to reach the age of 90 and the nation's longest living President until Gerald Ford (d. 2006) lived 45 days longer. File and staple holes at upper margins. Paperclip impressions at right margin of signature page. File notes on verso of signature page (unknown hand) show through to blank area. Overall, fine condition.

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