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    David Selznick Signed Contract. This two-page document, dated February 11, 1936, bears the signature of one of Hollywood's all-time great producers, David O. Selznick. After achieving distinction at RKO and MGM, Selznick boldly set up his own independent studio, Selznick International Pictures, Inc. This letter refers to that daring challenge, as Selznick, needing production facilities, signs to lease the music recording stage at RKO Studios. The first page is initialed by Selznick "DOS" regarding a change in the contract, and the second page of the document is signed by an RKO executive, while Selznick had added his rather loopy signature in black ink to the line below "Confirmed and Agreed to: Selznick International Pictures Inc." The letter has some annotation in ink and pencil, and is stamped "Received Feb 6 1946 Legal Filing Dept.," obviously added to the files long after its original drafting. A crease on the lower right border of both pages does not affect the signatures or the overall impact. Selznick's studio would later produce such classics as The Prisoner of Zenda, A Star Is Born, and, of course, Gone With the Wind. Indeed, it was only a few months after this contract was drawn that Selznick's associate Kay Brown contacted him about her enthusiasm for the novel Gone With the Wind, published in May of 1936. In Very Fine condition.

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