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Parker v. Twentieth Century Fox-Film Corp.
Citation:3 Cal. 3d 176, 89 Cal. Rptr. 737, 474 P.2d 689
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Twentieth Century Fox-Film Corporation (“Twentieth Century Fox”) (plaintiff) hired Parker (defendant) to play the female lead in their movie “Bloomer Girl.” The parties entered into a contract, whereby Twentieth Century Fox would pay Parker a minimum guaranteed compensation of $750,000. Twentieth Century Fox later decided not to produce the movie. Twentieth Century Fox offered to hire Parker as the female lead in another film “Big Country, Big Man.” Parker was given one week to accept. She did not accept, and the offer lapsed. Parked sued Twentieth Century Fox to recover the guaranteed compensation under their original contract.
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