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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN

Price: $600.00

FINE CONDITION

Seven page autographed contract for the original score, music direction, publication and recordings for the 1953 film, “Return to Paradise”, December 9th, 1952.  The contract is signed by the composer and the producer, Theon Warth of Aspen Pictures.  Both have initialed the timing for fulfillment of the project, 38 days.

Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979) originally a duo act pianist and a Russian émigré was one of the busiest composers in Hollywood. (He played New York Vaudeville Houses on the same circuit as Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt!) He wrote 122 motion picture, documentaries, shorts and television mini-series original scores. During the course of his film career he won four Academy Awards and seven Golden Globe Awards.  The first of his Academy Awards coming the same year as the release of “Return to Paradise

Tiomkin agreed to complete the score in 38 days, which he counter-signs with his initials, as well as the producer.  He is to be paid $2000 for the original score, an additional $4000 for the recording of the score for the film and an additional $4000 after all changes are made.  He also warrants that everything composed for the film is entirely original.  Tiomkin also receives royalties of one cent per copy of any of the music published for piano and 20% for all published recordings.  The score for the film was in fact released in 1953 as a published record album on the Decca label, Kitty White performs the original Tiomkin song “Return to Paradise” which opens the film.  Nat King Cole and Big Crosby also recorded the song.

The film starred Gary Cooper, Barry Jones, Roberta Haynes and Moira Walker, directed by Mark Robson.  It was based upon the Jasmes Michener novel.  It pulled in $550,000 at the box office.  It was released in DVD form in 2009.

A rare opportunity to own a complete Tiomkin film contract.  Rare as such.

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