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Parker v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Citation:474 P.2d 689 (Cal. 1970)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Plaintiff was to play the female lead in Defendant’s contemplated production of the motion picture “Bloomer Girl.” The contract provided that Defendant would pay Plaintiff a minimum “guaranteed compensation.” But, Defendant decided not to produce the picture. Defendant wrote a letter notifying Plaintiff they would not comply with their obligations under the written contract and in order to avoid damage to Plaintiff, Defendant instead offered Plaintiff the leading actress in another film tentatively entitled “Big Country, Big Man.” The compensation offered by Defendant was identical in 31 of the 34 provisions, with the differences being that “Big Country” was a dramatic “western type” movie whereas “Bloomer Girl” was a musical production. “Big Country” was also to be filmed in Australia whereas “Bloomer Girl” was to be filmed in California. And other certain terms varied from those of the original contract.
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