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America's clown prince won the hearts of generations, with his good-natured, sentimental patter, pratfalls and observant, hilarious characterizations. His best-known characters include Willie Lump-Lump, the Mean Widdle Kid and Freddie the Freeloader. He started performing in rural vaudeville shows as a teenager and began his film career with 1937's Having a Wonderful Time. His successful radio show, ôRed Skelton's Scrapbook of Satire,ö led to his enormously popular television series, The Red Skelton Show, which ran from 1951 to 1971, when CBS canceled it, despite fine ratings. His other films include I Dood It, Bathing Beauty and Neptune's Daughter. This is perhaps the very first movie contract for this 21 year old as his movie debut actually wasn't until 1937! One-page legal size contract with stapled rider attached. Two-hole punch on top. MGM places a six-month option on the entertainer for $150. per week. Usual folds. Toning to the bottom of the contract and somewhat lightly to other areas, not affecting pertinent information nor the signature. Signed in purple fountain pen. Near mint signature.
Red Skelton's 1934 M-G-M Contract
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