Description

    Stan Laurel Signed Employment Agreement with Roach Studios. By 1936, Laurel and Hardy were as strong as ever, but Laurel's dealings with producer Hal Roach had been strained to the breaking point by artistic differences. Stand-offs between the two were commonplace during the late 1930s, with Roach often threatening to pair Hardy with someone else. Laurel's contract with Roach expired a year before Hardy's, and for a brief time the duo was indeed separated. In October 1938, Roach's rival Mack Sennett announced that he had signed Laurel to star in comedy features for his new studio. Those films were never made, since by April of 1939 the dispute between Laurel and Roach was settled and the comedy team was working for him again. They made two more films for Roach before splitting with him for good and signing with 20th Century-Fox and MGM. This 25-page employment agreement dates from that turbulent period -- specifically, October 8, 1937 -- and is signed by Stan Laurel on the last page in black ink. It paid Laurel $2,500 a week for two years, as well allowing him to retain writing and directing duties to the tune of $25,000 per picture (a degree of creative control Laurel was not allowed at Fox or MGM). A great item with intriguing content, in Very Fine condition with some very light wear and discoloration. Accompanied by a COA from PSA/DNA.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2008
    4th-6th Saturday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 859

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 May 12 Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Just received the catalog. Incredible! Never seen such a catalog and have been collecting since 1974. Congratulations!
    Philipp K.,
    Marina Del Ray, CA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 November 11 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 November 11 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,642,278