Howard Hughes Signed Contract. Howard Hughes was one of the most enigmatic personalities in U.S. history, and his "Caddo Company" produced early Hollywood classics, including Hell's Angels (1930). Louis Wolheim was a famed, rough-featured Broadway star who died shortly after making his best-remembered film, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). This three-page agreement dated April 28, 1928, employs Wolheim to appear in a movie with the working title of The Innocent, signed in black ink by producer Hughes on the last page. The film was released as The Awakening in 1928 and received an Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction; no known print exists and it is now considered lost. Also included is a letter on Hughes' Caddo Company letterhead, dated May 12, 1928, and referencing the agreement, signed by Joseph W. Engel in black ink, citing Wolheim's work on The Racket, the first American gangster movie. All items are in overall Fine to Very Fine condition with mild to moderate tanning, some fold creases, and light wear.Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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