BERNARD DELFONT LTD.
Theatrical & Variety Agents
62. Shaftesbury Avenue.
IN AGREEMENT made the Sixteenth day of January 1947 between BERNARD DELFONT LIMITED (hereinafter called "The Management") of the one part and LAUREL & HARDY FEATURE PRODUCTIONS on behalf of LAUREL & HARDY (hereinafter called "The Artiste") of the other part, WITNESSETH that the Management hereby engages the Artiste and the Artiste agrees to present LAUREL & HARDY to appear in their usual vaudeville act (or in his usual entertainment) at the Theatres and from the dates for the periods and at the salaries stated in the Schedule hereto, upon and subject to the terms and conditions of Schedule I of the Ordinary form of Contract contained in the Award of Mr. A. J. Ashton, K.C. dated 22nd September 1919.
12 consecutive Weeks guaranteed run at theaters as booked commencing February 24th 1947.
The Artiste agrees to appear in Twelve performances per week at a salary of $1,000.00 (One Thousand Pounds)
See special clauses below. The clauses on back part of this contract form part of contract.
LAUREL & HARDY agree that their act will consist of a minimum duration o font less than 15 minutes and up to 20 minutes if required.
It is agreed that the Artistes will leave the United States of America in good time to enable them to arrive in this Country to fulfill their initial engagement.
It is agreed that the Management have the right to play the Artistes in whatever Towns they feel necessary in England, Ireland and Scotland, but it is the intention of the Management to play them for a Season in the West End of London: at the same time, the Management agree that the Artistes shall play at least two weeks in the Provinces before opening in London.
It is agreed that the Management have two further options on the Artistes services as follows: These options are subject to the picture commitments of Laurel & Hardy and in no event can the engagement of Laurel and Hardy be in excess of 113 days from and after April 4, 1947.
Option 1. Prior to termination of the first eight weeks of the first twelve weeks engagement, the Management have the right to re-engage the artistes for a further period of twelve weeks.
Option 2. Prior to the termination of the first eight weeks of the first option set out above, the Management have the right to re-engage the Artistes for a further period of twelve weeks.
During the engagement of the Artistes hereunder, this is an exclusive Contract, and the Artistes agree not to perform elsewhere: Charity performances, Broadcasting, Television, Personal Appearances or any other form of entertainment without the Management's permission in writing.
We, the undersigned, agree to be jointly and individually held to and to perform all the terms and obligations to be performed by us as set forth in this contract and to perform the services herein set forth.
pp. BERNARD DELFONT LIMITED
LEGAL DOCUMENT - TYPEWRITTEN
POWER OF ATTORNEY
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:
That I, STAN LAUREL, of the City of Sherman Oaks, County of Los Angeles, State of California, a citizen of the UNITED KINGDOM, have made, constituted and appointed, and by these presents do make, constitute and appoint BENJAMIN W. SHIPMAN, of the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, my true lawful attorney, for me and in my name, place and stead to ask, demand, sue for, collect and receive all sums of money, dividends, interest, payments on account of debts and legacies and all property now due or which may hereafter become due and owing to me, and give good and valid receipts and discharges for such payments; to sell, assign and transfer stocks and bonds and securities standing in my name or belonging to me; to buy and sell securities of all kinds in my name and for my account and at such prices as shall seem good to him; to sign, execute, acknowledge and deliver in my name all transfers and assignments of securities; to borrow money and to pledge securities for such loans if in the judgment of my attorney such action should be necessary; to consent in my name to reorganizations and mergers, and to the exchange of securities for new securities; to manage real property, to sell, convey and mortgage realty, and to foreclose mortgages and to take title to property in my name if he thinks proper, to execute, acknowledge and deliver deeds of real property, mortgages, releases, satisfactions and other instruments relating to realty which he considers necessary; to place and effect insurance; to do business with banks, and particularly to endorse all checks and drafts made payable to my order and collect the proceeds; to sign in my name checks on all accounts standing in my name, and to withdraw funds from said accounts, to open accounts in my name or in his name as my attorney-in-fact; to make such payments and expenditures as may be necessary in connection with any of the foregoing matters or with the administration of my affairs; to retain counsel and attorneys on my behalf, to appear for me in all actions and proceedings to which I may be party in the courts of California or any other State in the United States, or in the United States courts, to commence actions and proceedings in my name if necessary, to sign and verify in my name all complaints, petitions, answers and other pleadings of every description; to represent me in all income tax matters before all officers of the Income Tax Bureau, to make and verify income tax returns, claims for refund, requests for extension of time, and consents in my name, to execute petitions to the Board of Tax Appeals and to cause me to be represented in such proceedings; hereby giving and granting to my said attorney full power and authority to do and perform all and every act and thing whatsoever to be done in the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution and revocation, hereby ratifying and confirming all that my said attorney may do pursuant to this power.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of JANUARY, 1947.