Charles Boyer

Charles Boyer
"Together Again"
Original Vintage Lobbycard

"History is Made at Night"
Original Vintage Lobbycard

11x14 Original Vintage Mag ad included with contract below


John Wayne and Claudette Colbert

From the movie "Without Reservations"
Original, Vintage 11 x 14 Photo


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Charles Boyer Original Signed Contract
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Original contract signed April 10, 1944, Boyer's salary is ASTRONOMICAL.
On Warner Bros. Letterhead.

Original Vintage Contract

Biography for
Charles Boyer

Mini biography
Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theatre where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was Homme du large, L' (1920) by 'Marcel L'Herbier') he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations all over Europe. In the beginning of his career his beautiful voice was hidden by the silent movies but in Hollywood he became famous for his whispered declarations of love (like in movies with Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich or Ingrid Bergman). In 1934 he married Pat Paterson (I), his first and (unusual for a star) only wife. He was so faithful to her that he decided to commit suicide two days after her death in 1978.

Pat Paterson (I) (1934 - 1978) (her death)

Took a fatal dose of barbiturates two days following his wife's death.

Son 'Michael Boyer' born 1944; committed suicide 1965.

French born. Became an American citizen in 1942.

Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA, in the St. Ann section
, #5, L186.

The cartoon character 'Pepe Le Pew' was based on his Pepe Le Moko character.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actor. (b. Aug. 28, 1897, Figeac, France; d. Aug. 26, 1978.) Although he never really said "Come with me to the Casbah," that line has always evoked the image of this suave, debonair French actor (the way the similarly mythical "Play it again, Sam," evokes Bogart). He did movie work in both France and Germany from 1920 to 1930, making his U.S. film debut in The Magnificent Lie (1931), and found work in Frenchlanguage versions of Hollywood movies before finally establishing himself as a leading man in American pictures. Bouncing between Hollywood and France throughout the 1930s, he enjoyed tremendous popularity in both countries, especially with feminine audiences (for obvious reasons). He cultivated an image as a great lover in The Garden of Allah (1936) and History Is Made at Night (1937) before playing the dashing thief Pepe le Moko in Algiers (1938), the picture set in large part in the Casbah.

Not content to coast on a reputation as a matinee idol, Boyer fought for meatier roles, and in the 1940s produced several of the films in which he appeared, including Tales of Manhattan (1942) and Flesh and Fantasy (1943). He was surprisingly effective as a villain in Gaslight (1944), probably the best of his 1940s films. He grew gracefully into more mature character parts in the 1950s and 1960s, and made TV history by teaming with Dick Powell to launch Four Star Productions (being one of the stars of its self-named weekly anthology show). To the end of his durable and distinguished career, he represented the quintessential Frenchman to most American moviegoers. Boyer reacted to the death of his wife, 1930s actress Pat Paterson, by taking his own life just two days before his 81st birthday.

OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1934: Caravan 1935: Private Worlds 1936: Mayerling 1937: Conquest 1939: Love Affair 1940: All This, and Heaven Too 1941: Back Street, Hold Back the Dawn 1946: Cluny Brown 1948: Arch of Triumph 1952: EB> 1955: The Cobweb 1961: Fanny 1966: How to Steal a Million 1967: Barefoot in the Park 1969: The Madwoman of Chaillot 1973: Lost Horizon 1974: Stavisky 1976: A Matter of Time (his last).

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