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#801 - George and Ira Gershwin

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Rare 1936 RKO agreement with both Gershwin brothers

Rare DS, one page, 8.25 x 12.75, September 30, 1936. An agreement between “RKO Studios, Inc., and George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin…under the terms and conditions of which the compensation payable to the said George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin…will be divided and allocated between them in the ratio of sixty per cent (60%) to the said George Gershwin and forty per cent (40%) to the said Ira Gershwin.” Nicely signed at the conclusion by both George and Ira Gershwin, and countersigned by a notary. Attractively cloth-matted and framed with an image and engraved biographical plaque to an overall size of 26.5 x 24.5. In fine condition.

RKO Radio Pictures recruited George and Ira Gershwin to score the 1937 film Shall We Dance, a musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that blended classical ballet with modern jazz—just as George Gershwin did throughout his body of work. Although Ira was less enthusiastic about the concept, George embraced it and composed music in a different style for each scene. The film was released only two months prior to George’s sudden and unexpected death from a brain tumor, and he posthumously received his only Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for a now-classic tune—‘They Can't Take That Away from Me.’ Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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