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Lot #666
Marlon Brando

'I've got a guy who's Clifton Webb and Marlon Brando combined'

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'I've got a guy who's Clifton Webb and Marlon Brando combined'

DS, one page, 8.5 x 11, September 18, 1954. Consent form submitted to MGM, in part: "You have explained that you desire to use, in the lyrics of a song entitled 'Thanks A Lot But No Thanks' written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the name of the undersigned. I understand that it is your present plan to use the said song in one of your forthcoming motion pictures tentatively titled 'It's Always Fair Weather' and that the said song may be published. This is to advise that I the undersigned to hereby, without compensation, consent to the use by you of my name in the said lyrics." Signed at the conclusion in blue ballpoint by Brando. In fine condition, with staple holes and file holes to the top. Brando's name appears in the final lines of the Comden-Green song, sung by Dolores Gray in It's Always Fair Weather: 'I've got a guy who's Clifton Webb and Marlon Brando combined / Thanks a lot, but no, no thanks.' A fantastic document demonstrating Brando's nationwide name recognition following his rise to fame in the early '50s—by this time, he was so popular that his name could be used as a cultural touchstone in a song.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #539 - Ended November 07, 2018

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