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Parker v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Supreme Court of California
3 Cal. 3d 176, 89 Cal. Rptr. 737, 474 P.2d 689 (1970)



Shirley MacLaine Parker (MacLaine) (plaintiff) entered into a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. (Fox) (defendant) in which MacLaine was to play the female lead in Fox’s musical film Bloomer Girl, guaranteeing her compensation of $750,000. Fox decided not to produce the film and offered MacLaine the female lead in the Western film Big Country, Big Men. MacLaine did not accept the offer and brought suit to recover the guaranteed compensation under the original contract. Fox appealed the grant of summary judgment to MacLaine.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Burke, J.)

Dissent (Sullivan, C.J.)

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