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WILLIAM BENDIX - DOCUMENT DOUBLE SIGNED 06/12/1946 - HFSID 289225

WILLIAM BENDIX Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce his signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Bendix, once to grant permission and again as an autograph specimen.

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WILLIAM BENDIX
Consent form authorizing the Motion Picture Relief Fund to reproduce his signature and likeness for a series of stamps raising money for needy film industry veterans. The form is signed twice by Bendix, once to grant permission and again as an autograph specimen. A remarkable, perfectly verified example!
Document signed twice: "William Bendix", 1 page, 8½x11. Los Angeles, California, 1946 June 12. Bendix 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. He signs with the understanding that he is assuming no financial obligation, and that Paramount Pictures has approved the agreement. William Bendix (1906-1964) may be best remembered as the star of the sitcom The Life of Riley on radio (1944-1951) and television (1953-1958). As the bumbling Riley he popularized the catch phrase, "What a revoltin' development this is!" Bendix had received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Wake Island (1942). He had the title role in The Babe Ruth Story (1948. Bendix had been a Yankee batboy in the 1920s, seeing Ruth hit over 100 homers.) Among his other prominent films was A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949, as Sir Sagramore). He starred in the pilot of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. 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." Filing holes at left edge. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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