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Lorenz HartA Poet on Broadway$
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Frederick Nolan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.001.0001

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A Folson Story

A Folson Story

(p.167) 22 A Folson Story
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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In such an uncertain climate, it seemed unlikely Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart would get a further commitment from Paramount, so Hart briefly rejoined his partner in New York, only to find there was nothing for them there either. The newspapers reported that Rodgers and Hart were back together in Hollywood helping with recordings of Phantom President and “huddling on the subject of Al Jolson's next production.” How this came about requires a short preface which might be entitled “The Banana Bag Contract.” Jolson was sunbathing on the rooftop of his Palm Springs home with Joe Schenck, president of United Artists (UA). During their sunbathing session Schenck made Jolson an unheard-of offer: 2 million dollars if Al would star in four UA pictures. Needless to say, Al agreed, and a contract was drawn up on their paper lunch sack: hence the title of the story.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Hollywood, recordings, Phantom President, Al Jolson, Banana Bag Contract, Joe Schenck

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