Los Angeles: Universal Pictures, 1931. Original 1931 Season Pass to Universal Pictures for Hollywood columnist and screenwriter Jimmy Starr. Cream cardstock, 3 7/8” x 2 1/2” with rounded corners. Studio passes were given to press and industry representatives, allowing the bearer access to the studio’s lot and sets. It reads in full: “Universal Pictures Corporation, Universal City, California, The Strangest City in the World, Where Universal Pictures Are Made, Special Courtesy of Mr. Carl Laemmle, President, Mr. Carl Laemmle, Jr., General Manager. Admit M Jimmie Star and Party. This Courtesy Is Not Transferable. Countersigned [in ink] by John Zinn. This pass is issued subject to the conditions contained on the reverse side hereof.” On the verso is a printed set of basic terms regarding the bearer’s use of the pass. Mr. Starr’s name is handwritten in ink as the recipient of the pass with “42” printed at the top center, and “1931” is stamped in red at the center of the pass. Near fine with a hint of use and a bit of darkening to the top edge. Jimmy Starr (1902 - 1990) is best known as a Hollywood columnist, though he was also a writer and actor, known for The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947), A Night for Crime (1943) and Pink Pajamas (1929). Carl Laemmle was one of the founders of Universal Studios. Some of the Universal films from 1931 Mr. Starr may have enjoyed include such popular productions as Dracula directed by Tod Browning with Bela Lugosi, The Bad Sister with Conrad Nagel and Bette Davis, East of Borneo with Charles Bickford, A House Divided directed by William Wyler with Walter Huston and Helen Changler, Strictly Dishonorable with Paul Lukas and Lewis Stone, and many more. (Inventory #: 20925E)
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