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The entertainer who hosted the popular 1950s show Where Were You? received permission via signature from the Nobel Prize Winner to use his voice and photograph on his show
Typed Document Signed: "Ralph Bunche" and, under "Accepted", "Ken Murray". One page., 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1953 November 18. Dated in Bunche's hand. Authorization typed on the letterhead of Edgar Bergen/Ken Murray Television Film Productions to Ken Murray. In full: "This letter will act as my authorization to permit you to photograph me on film and to record my voice for your television show, WHERE WERE YOU?" Ralph J. Bunche (1904-1971), who joined the United Nations in 1946, was chief U.N. mediator in the Middle East in 1948 and was awarded the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for helping to negotiate a truce between the Arabs and Israelis the previous year. He served as Undersecretary-General for Special Political Affairs from 1958-1971, and was a principal U.N. negotiator in such trouble spots as the Suez Canal (1956), the Congo (1960), Yemen (1963) and Cyprus (1964). Bunche was awarded the NAACP's Spingarn Medal (1949) and the Medal of Freedom in 1963, the year he participated in the March on Washington. Multitalented entertainer Ken Murray (1903-1988) was a vaudevillian, actor, and radio and television entertainer who hosted The Ken Murray Show, an hour-long variety show on Saturday nights on CBS (1950-1952). It was also broadcast on the radio nationally; at the time, televisions were still not present in the majority of households. Another show he hosted called Where Were You?  aired locally in the Los Angeles, California area from 1954 to 1957. He performed in various films, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Follow Me, Boys! (1966), and Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976). Perhaps his most important contribution to Hollywood, however, was his use of home movies with Hollywood celebrities. He sent footage of actors like Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin to his grandparents, and he later used this film to create films like Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963). They provide a first-hand account of Hollywood stars behind the scenes. He wrote a number of books over the decades, including an autobiography. Lightly creased with vertical folds. File holes at left and right blank margins. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: August 7, 1904 in Detroit, Michigan
Died: December 9, 1971 in New York City, New York

Born: July 14, 1903 in New York City, New York
Died: October 12, 1988 in Burbank, California

Film Credits
1997 Judy Garland's Hollywood (Other), 1997 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (Other), 1995 Biography (Other), 1990 The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special (Other), 1983 Hollywood's Private Home Movies (in person), 1980-1981 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (Other), 1979 Ken Murray Shooting Stars (Director), 1979 Ken Murray Shooting Stars (Cinematographer), 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (Performer), 1974 Dinah! (in person), 1971 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1971 Mantrap (in person), 1970 Love, American Style (Performer), 1968 The Power (Performer), 1968 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1966 Follow Me, Boys! (Performer), 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Performer), 1965 The Bing Crosby Show (Performer), 1965 Hollywood My Home Town (in person), 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (Performer), 1964 The Hollywood Palace (in person), 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (Performer), 1964 The Celebrity Game (in person), 1964 That Regis Philbin Show (in person), 1963-1964 The Judy Garland Show (in person), 1963 Son of Flubber (Performer), 1963 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (in person), 1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up (in person), 1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up (Cinematographer), 1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up (Director), 1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up (Producer), 1963 Burke's Law (Performer), 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Performer), 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (Performer), 1962 Strictly for Laffs (in person), 1961-1964 Death Valley Days (Performer), 1961-1962 Here's Hollywood (in person), 1960 This Is Your Life (in person), 1960 About Faces (in person), 1959 The Garry Moore Show (in person), 1959 The Bob Cummings Show (in person), 1958-1960 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (in person), 1957-1966 The Bob Hope Show (in person), 1957 The Lux Show (in person), 1957 Hollywood Glamour on Ice (in person), 1957 El coyote (Writer), 1957 El coyote (Director), 1957 El coyote (Cinematographer), 1957 El coyote (Producer), 1956 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (in person), 1956 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry (in person), 1955 The Name's the Same (in person), 1955 Screen Snapshots: The Great Al Jolson (in person), 1955 Screen Snapshots: Ramblin' Round Hollywood (in person), 1955 Ford Star Jubilee (Producer), 1955 Dateline: Disneyland (in person), 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (Performer), 1954 The Red Skelton Hour (Performer), 1953 The Marshal's Daughter (Performer), 1953 The Marshal's Daughter (Producer), 1953 The Marshal's Daughter (Other), 1953 Screen Snapshots: Spike Jones in Hollywood (in person), 1953 Screen Snapshots: Out West in Hollywood (in person), 1953 Screen Snapshots: Ha! Ha! From Hollywood (in person), 1952 The Sam Levenson Show (in person), 1952 Songs for Sale (in person), 1952 Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians (Other), 1952 Parade of Stars Auto Show (in person), 1951 What's My Line (in person), 1951 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1951 Showtime, U.S.A. (Performer), 1951 Kreisler Bandstand (in person), 1950-1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1950-1952 The Ken Murray Show (in person), 1950-1951 The Milton Berle Show (in person), 1950 The Ken Murray Show (Producer), 1950 The Jack Benny Program (in person), 1950 Showtime, U.S.A. (in person), 1950 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Famous Feet (in person), 1950 Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday (Other), 1949 Red Light (Performer), 1948 Bill and Coo (Performer), 1948 Bill and Coo (Producer), 1948 Bill and Coo (Other), 1948 Bill and Coo (Director), 1948 Bill and Coo (Writer), 1946 Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 10: Famous Fathers and Sons (in person), 1946 Rough But Hopeful (in person), 1945 Peeks at Hollywood (in person), 1944 Screen Snapshots Series 24, No. 3 (in person), 1942 Juke Box Jenny (Performer), 1941 Swing It Soldier (Performer), 1941 Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 1 (in person), 1940 Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 9: Sports in Hollywood (in person), 1940 A Night at Earl Carroll's (Performer), 1938 Wedding Yells (Performer), 1938 Swing, Sister, Swing (Performer), 1937/II Mail and Female (Performer), 1937 You're a Sweetheart (Performer), 1937 Doctor Cupid (Performer), 1936 The Wife of the Party (Performer), 1936 The Oily Bird (Performer), 1936 Can't Think of It (Performer), 1935 Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 6 (Cinematographer), 1935 Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 6 (in person), 1933 From Headquarters (Performer), 1933 Disgraced! (Performer), 1933 Brother Could You Spare a Million (Performer), 1933 Brother Could You Spare a Million (Writer), 1933 A Preferred List (Performer), 1932 Ladies of the Jury (Performer), 1932 Crooner (Performer), 1930 Leathernecking (Performer), 1929 Half Marriage (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Ken Murray's Hollywood - Performer (May 10, 1965 - May 22, 1965), #tcbgn##tcbgn#Blackouts of 1949 - Performer#tidbgn#939#tidend##tcend# - Production#tidbgn#939#tidend##tcend# - Director (September 6, 1949 - October 15, 1949), Earl Carroll's Sketch Book [1935] - Performer (June 4, 1935 - November 30, 1935)

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