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1931 - ("Mae West") in black fountain pen ink, June 19, 1931, New York, New York. 7" x 11"; 2 pages, single leaves (recto only). Very good, fresh. Also signed by Howard Merling and Bert Merling as witness. An important agreement wherein Mae West agrees to pay her collaborator Howard Merling 22 1/2% of the royalties received from the play "The Constant Sinner", which was based on Mae West's novel "Babe Gordon." Merling had contributed research material about Negroes, pimps, drug addicts, prostitutes, night clubs and other vices for this novel about a black fighter and a white woman. "The Constant Sinner" opened on Broadway September 14, 1931 at The Royale Theatre for a total of 64 performances, closing on November 1931. It was later shut down by the police when it opened in Washington, D.C. Produced by Constant Productions written by Mae West. Opening night cast include Mae West as Babe Gordon, Herbert Brown, James Dunmore, George Civot, Walter Petrie, Losenzo Tucker and Arthur R. Vinton.
      [Bookseller: Houle Rare Books/Autographs/ABAA/PADA]
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