Printed and Typed Document Signed and also initialed, 2 pages on two separate folio sheets, Beverly Hills, CA, Oct. 26, 1949. AL JOLSON.
Printed and Typed Document Signed and also initialed, 2 pages on two separate folio sheets, Beverly Hills, CA, Oct. 26, 1949.
AL JOLSON

(1886-1950). Russian born, American singer, film actor, and comedian, at his peak in the 1930s, he was considered the best known and most popular entertainer, and is also said to have been highest paid among his contemporaries. Today, he is best remembered as the star of the first talking picture, "The Jazz Singer," in 1927.

Printed and Typed Document Signed and also initialed, 2 pages on two separate folio sheets, Beverly Hills, CA, Oct. 26, 1949.

This document is a "William Morris Agency" contract between Jolson and the talent agency to represent Jolson, "in the television field throughout the world..." for a period ending on "September 30, 1950." The year was originally typed as "1952," but Jolson changed it to "1950" and initialed the change, "A. J." Also initialed by the agency representative. The document sets the terms of the representation and payment. The contract was prepared in the early years of TV so that the new medium and movies are differentiated in the last paragraph. "The term 'television' as used herein shall be deemed to include all methods and devices of every type or nature...by which likenesses, appearances or performances...may be visually presented to persons not immediately present; provided, however, that the direct viewing of motion pictures not designed primarily...for transmission by television shall not be included in the term 'television'...." Jolson signs above his typed name, "Al Jolson." Our document was prepared and signed about a year before Jolson's death from a massive heart attack he suffered after he returned home from performing for the UN troops in Korea in September 1950. Two double punched holes atop each page, staple holes on upper left corner, and a slight diagonal cut along lower empty margin of each page. Lower margin fold on each page with tear at fold on right margin of second page not affecting text. Otherwise, normal aging.

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Price: $500.00

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