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FLORENZ ZIEGFELD (1869-1932) American theatrical producer of The Ziegfeld Follies who brought Fanny Brice and Eddie Cantor to the vaudeville stage. Fine content and association T.L.S. on his company letterhead, 4pp. 4to., New York, Nov. 10, 1924, a contract with famed actor and comedian W. C. FIELDS, each signing at conclusion. In part: "...I hereby engage you to appear and perform for me, exclusively, in the play about to be produced by me, bearing the temporary title 'J. P. McEvoy's Comic Supplement'...for the run...on or before January 15th, 1925...No one shall be starred or featured above W. C. Fields without your written consent...Your services are unique and extraordinary and are irreplaceable, and in the event of a breach...by you of provisions of this article, my damages would be irreparable...". Two clauses of the contract were been crossed out by Ziegfeld, and both he and Fields initial beside them. J. P. McEvoy (1897-1928) was a popular American writer whose works appeared in numerous periodicals such as The Saturday Evening Post. His stories were often the basis for films of the era, including the 1934 film The Gift which starred Fields and bore the opening credit from "The Comic Supplement". Very good condition.

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