2p. Typed Letter Signed to Jimmy Robinson, Editor, Sports Afield, Ca. 1936. Eugene Delmar.
2p. Typed Letter Signed to Jimmy Robinson, Editor, Sports Afield, Ca. 1936

2p. Typed Letter Signed to Jimmy Robinson, Editor, Sports Afield, Ca. 1936

Item #028137

Eugene Delmar and his wife Vina wrote many plays, screenplays and novels usually together from their home in Beverly Hills. Eugene was also a skeet sportsman and, in this letter, writes his friend Jimmy Robinson who was editor of Sports Afield. He apologizes for writing this letter on his son's portable typewriter (it has green ink) but he is writing from bed not because he is sick but as he notes "just lazy". He speaks of an (unnamed) yarn which the magazine liked and hopes Jimmy will keep his promise to send it to FDR. He goes on to answer a request for his writing history. He says he and Vina have written in collaboration for about eight years after her novel made such a bank it kept them in good money. He goes on to explain everyone uses her name, but they work together on all their writing projects from their Beverly Hills home (Hollywood directors, stars have to come to their home if they want to make any kind of changes). He then mentions all the novels they have done [often with strong suggestions of illicit sex] and notes which magazines are carrying their writings as well as the movies they have done beginning with Bad Girl, Uptown New York; Pick Up, Bad Boy, Saide McKee--Hands Across the Table and King of Burlesque (1936). Their latest work is Why Don't You Marry the Girl? which was in production at Paramount (it was announced in the Chicago Tribune on April 12, 1936 as to star Claudette Colbert. Apparently, that move was never made. Their next major production became the great screwball comedy The Awful Truth which gave Cary Grant his major star status and co-starred Irene Dunne. While she was given a nomination for an Oscar for the screenplay, it clearly was one of their joint productions. An important letter on facts about the writing team that was not generally known at the time since the couple agreed it was her name people expected to see.

Price: $275.00

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