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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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“George Gershwin Accepts $100,000 Movietone Offer; Fox to Pay that Sum for Film Version of Musical Comedy—Composer Gets Bid of $50,000 for Rhapsody in Blue Rights” (1928)

“George Gershwin Accepts $100,000 Movietone Offer; Fox to Pay that Sum for Film Version of Musical Comedy—Composer Gets Bid of $50,000 for Rhapsody in Blue Rights” (1928)

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31 “George Gershwin Accepts $100,000 Movietone Offer; Fox to Pay that Sum for Film Version of Musical Comedy—Composer Gets Bid of $50,000 for Rhapsody in Blue Rights” (1928)
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The George Gershwin Reader
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Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0031

This chapter presents the text of the report about George and Ira Gershwin's signing of a contract worth $100,000 to write a musical comedy for Fox Movietone Co.'s motion pictures Delicious and Blah, Blah, Blah, which was published in the August 1928 issue of the New York Evening Post. The size of the contract indicated the star power of the Gershwins. However, George found their first Hollywood experience distasteful because upon completion of the requisite songs he played such a small role in fashioning the final musical score.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Fox Movietone Co., musical scores, Delicious, Blah, Blah, Blah, motion picture, film score

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