Culver City, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 1938. Original 1938 Studio Pass to Twentieth Century-Fox Studios for Hollywood columnist Jimmy Starr, with his signature. Blue cardstock, 4” x 2 1/2” with rounded corners and with “PRESS” printed in red. Studio passes were given to press and industry representatives, allowing the bearer access to the studio’s lot and sets. It reads in full: “1938 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation [with their logo design], To Publicity Department Only, Name James Starr [typed], Newspaper Herald-Express [typed], Violation of the Requirements of this Pass Will Result In It’s Permanent Cancellation, No. 680, Executive [signed in ink], This Pass Not Valid Unless Signed by the Holder on the Reverse Side.” On the verso is a printed set of basic terms regarding the holder of the pass and is signed by Jimmy Starr in ink as the recipient of the pass. About fine with the most minute trace of use. 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). 1938 was a great year for film and some of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films Mr. Starr may have enjoyed include such popular productions as Test Pilot directed by Victor Fleming starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy (nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture), Boys Town with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney (nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture), The Shining Hour starring Joan Crawford, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, and Melvyn Douglas, Pygmalion starring Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, and Wilfrid Lawson (nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture), The Citadel directed by King Vidor starring Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, and Rex Harrison (nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture), A Christmas Carol starring Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart, and the musical-romance Sweethearts starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy (MGM’s first three-strip Technicolor film). (Inventory #: 20944E)
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