Presentation Cup John Ford Admiral USNR to Harrison Cohn 1957
This special mug was presented by the Movie Director John Ford Rear Admiral Unites States Naval Reserve to Harrison Perry Cohn. the son of the Hollywood Columbia Studio Executive Harry Cohn. The cup comes from Harrison Cohn's Santa Barbara Ranch. Harrison legally changed his name to Harry Cohn Jr.
The mug is inscribed" Harrison Perry Cohn "Confirmation" April 2, '57 from his Sponsor John Ford Rear Admiral U.S.N.R.
Ford was one of Hollywood's most illustrious directors and had quite a military career as well. Ford was highly intelligent, erudite, sensitive and sentimental, but to protect himself in the cutthroat atmosphere of Hollywood he cultivated the image of a "tough, two-fisted, hard-drinking Irish sonofabitch" (Harry "Dobe" Carey Jr). One famous event, witnessed by Ford's friend actor Frank Baker, strikingly illustrates the tension between the public persona and the private man. During the Depression, Ford — by then a very wealthy man — was accosted outside his office by a former Universal actor who was destitute and needed $200 for an operation for his wife. As the man related his misfortunes, Ford appeared to become enraged and then, to the horror of onlookers, he launched himself at the man, knocked him to the floor and shouted "How dare you come here like this? Who do think you are to talk to me this way?" before storming out of the room. However, as the shaken old man left the building, Frank Baker saw Ford's business manager Fred Totman meet him at the door, where he handed the man a cheque for $1,000 and instructed Ford's chauffeur to drive him home. There, an ambulance was waiting to take the man's wife to the hospital where a specialist, flown in from San Francisco at Ford's expense, performed the operation. Some time later, Ford purchased a house for the couple and pensioned them for life. When Baker related the story to Francis Ford, he declared it the key to his brother's personality:
Cohn was something of a character with a reputation to match. He outraged John Wayne to the point of Wayne's outright refusal to ever work for Columbia, even after Cohn's death in 1958. Cohn did give us the Three Stooges, keeping them under contract for many years, believing the boys brought good luck to the studio
This wonderfully personal item with connections to two Hollywood legends is truly unique.
The side opposite of the inscription bears 2 applied Silver Stars denoting the rank of Rear Admiral and a 10K Gold (tested) Navy Officer's Insignia. Both the Silver Stars and the 10K Gold Insignia are high relief and have excellent detail.
The mug itself is of excellent weight and has a tapered, bellied body with a double C scroll, spurred handle having an Acanthus leaf thumb piece.
Marked as described above and pictured, the mug is 3 3/4" tall, 4" across the handle and weighs 183 grams or 5.9 ozs, Troy.
Inscribed as described above, the excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own a significant piece of Hollywood History.
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