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Parker v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Citation:Supreme Court of California, In Banck, 1970. 3 Cal.3d 176. 474 P.2d 689, 89 Cal.Rptr. 737.
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Plaintiff is an actress who contracted with Defendant to play the female lead in the movie “Bloomer Girl” for a salary of $750,000. However, Defendant decided not to produce the film and instead offered the plaintiff the lead in another film, “Big Country, Big Man.” “Bloomer Girl” was to be a musical filmed in California, however “Big Country, Big Man” was to be a dramatic western filmed in Australia, and was situated in such a manner that she would have less control over the production. Plaintiff declined to act in “Big Country, Big Man” and sued to recover her salary due under the contract.
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