Kern, Jerome. (1885-1945) & Harbach, Otto. (1873–1963)
Signed Copyright Agreement for " The Cat and the Fiddle"
DS, 2 pages, 8.5 x 13.5 inches, December 22, 1931. The Assignment of Canadian Copyright, signed by songwriting partners Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach by which they convey a certain title, song, words, music and musical work entitled 'She Didn't Say Yes' (From - Cat and the Fiddle)' and the exclusive right to have and obtain copyright therein in its own name in Canada, and all of the Canadian copyright therein..." Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen, “Jerome Kern” and “Otto Harbach,” and countersigned by witness Rose Kohner and the Notary Public. In fine condition.
The Cat and the Fiddle is a musical with lyrics and book by Otto Harbach. The original Broadway production opened at the Globe Theatre on October 15, 1931, moved to the George M. Cohan Theater on May 24, 1932, and ran for a total of 395 performances, an unusual success for the Depression years. The show , about a composer and an opera singer, was created as a vehicle for actress and violinist Odette Myrtil and features the popular Jerome Kern songs "She Didn't Say Yes" and "The Night Was Made for Love". A film version starring Jeanette MacDonald and Ramon Novarro was made by MGM in 1934.