ABBOTT, GEORGE. (1887-1995) American theatre producer,and director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director and producer whose career spanned more than seven decades. Abbott first appeared as an actor on Broadway in The Misleading Lady in 1913. While acting in several plays in New York City, he began to write, with his first successful play being The Fall Guy (1925). He worked in Hollywood as a writer and director while continuing with his theatre work. Among those who crossed paths with Abbott early in their careers are Desi Arnaz, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein, Julie Styne, Bob Fosse, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Liza Minelli. His collaborations included "The Pajama Game", Damn Yankees", and "Fiorello".
Document Signed, 10 pp., New York, New York, March 1, 1930.
This is an agreement between George Abbott and RKO Pictures, related to screen rights for "The Fall Guy", a play written by Abbott. It is typewritten in the legal format of the day on legal-size typing paper formed into a folded booklet with a blue cover and punched holes on one side for entering into a binder. There are corrections and amendations in black pen and it is notarized by RKO and fully signed by George Abbott, James Gleason, representatives of the Shubert Theatre Organization and RKO Productions, Inc. It gives a great insight for theatre buffs into the workings of the entertainment community in New York at the time. (Item ID: 947)