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NIGEL BRUCE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/07/1941 - DOCUMENT 145100

 

NIGEL BRUCE
Actor Nigel Bruce wrote this letter in 1941 to remind the recipient to see the Alfred Hitchcock movie Suspicion and about his memories of the first World War. Bruce starred in Suspicion with Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine; it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
Autograph letter signed "Nigel Bruce". 2 pages, 6x7. Beverly Hills, California, 1941 (sic, 1940) December 7. To Norman Jones. In full: "Thank you indeed for your very nice letter. I'm glad you like my little contribution that has come from me in the film you have seen. Please thank Peter Sulton also and don't miss Hitchcock's new feature Suspicion when it comes to dear old England as I [think] that you will Both like it very much & in my opinion Hitchcock as a director is unbeatable. Best wishes to you Both in the New Year & I hope our Beloved little England wont have to go through another 1940. I fought against those Brutes from Aug 4th 1914 to the Armistice & spent 2½ years in Hospital with a fractured right thigh so I love 'em. Best wishes to you Both." Although clearly dated "1941", by content it was written on December 7, 1940. In Suspicion (1941), Bruce portrayed Cary Grant's likeable business partner Beaky Thwaite who dies under mysterious circumstances. The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. With Basil Rathbone, British actor Bruce (1895-1953) portrayed the famous crime-solving pair of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in 14 films, beginning with The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1939. For the next six years, their legendary performances in Sherlock Holmes mysteries such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), Pearl of Death (1944) and Dressed to Kill (1946) caused them to be symbolically linked with the detective duo created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). After serving in World War I, Bruce began his acting career performing both in London and on Broadway; he made his first British film in 1931 and in 1934 began work in Hollywood. His movie credits include Treasure Island (1934), Rebecca (1940) and Hong Kong (1951). Creased, light diagonal crease touches the "N" in Nigel and the "r" in Bruce. Shaded and nicked at upper horizontal fold.


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NIGEL BRUCE
Born: February 4, 1895 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Died: October 8, 1953 in Santa Monica, California


Film Credits
1997 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (Other), 1985 The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (Other), 1976 That's Hollywood (Other), 1971 The Jarvis Collection: Scotland Yard (Other), 1954 World for Ransom (Performer), 1954 Four Star Playhouse (Performer), 1952 Limelight (Performer), 1952 Hong Kong (Performer), 1952 Bwana Devil (Performer), 1950 Vendetta (Performer), 1948 Julia Misbehaves (Performer), 1947 The Two Mrs. Carrolls (Performer), 1947 The Exile (Performer), 1946 Terror by Night (Performer), 1946 Rough But Hopeful (in person), 1946 Dressed to Kill (Performer), 1945 The Woman in Green (Performer), 1945 The House of Fear (Performer), 1945 The Corn Is Green (Performer), 1945 Son of Lassie (Performer), 1945 Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 4: Hollywood Celebrations (in person), 1945 Pursuit to Algiers (Performer), 1944 The Spider Woman (Performer), 1944 The Scarlet Claw (Performer), 1944 The Pearl of Death (Performer), 1944 Gypsy Wildcat (Performer), 1944 Frenchman's Creek (Performer), 1944 Follow the Boys (in person), 1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington (Performer), 1943 Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (Performer), 1943 Lassie Come Home (Performer), 1943 Forever and a Day (Performer), 1943 Crazy House (Performer), 1942 This Above All (Performer), 1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (Performer), 1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (Performer), 1942 Roxie Hart (Performer), 1942 Journey for Margaret (Performer), 1942 Eagle Squadron (Performer), 1941 This Woman Is Mine (Performer), 1941 The Chocolate Soldier (Performer), 1941 Suspicion (Performer), 1941 Play Girl (Performer), 1941 Hudson's Bay (Performer), 1941 Free and Easy (Performer), 1940 The Blue Bird (Performer), 1940 Susan and God (Performer), 1940 Rebecca (Performer), 1940 Lillian Russell (Performer), 1940 Adventure in Diamonds (Performer), 1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's (Performer), 1939 The Rains Came (Performer), 1939 The Hound of the Baskervilles (Performer), 1939 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Performer), 1938 The Baroness and the Butler (Performer), 1938 Suez (Performer), 1938 Kidnapped (Performer), 1937 Thunder in the City (Performer), 1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (Performer), 1936 Under Two Flags (Performer), 1936 The White Angel (Performer), 1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (Performer), 1936 The Man I Marry (Performer), 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade (Performer), 1936 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 4 (in person), 1936 Follow Your Heart (Performer), 1935 The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (Performer), 1935 She (Performer), 1935 Jalna (Performer), 1935 Becky Sharp (Performer), 1934 Treasure Island (Performer), 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel (Performer), 1934 The Lady Is Willing (Performer), 1934 Stand Up and Cheer! (Performer), 1934 Springtime for Henry (Performer), 1934 Murder in Trinidad (Performer), 1934 Coming-Out Party (Performer), 1933 I Was a Spy (Performer), 1933 Channel Crossing (Performer), 1932 Midshipmaid Gob (Performer), 1932 Lord Camber's Ladies (Performer), 1931 Bachelor's Folly (Performer), 1930 The Squeaker (Performer), 1930 The Perfect Alibi (Performer), 1930 Red Aces (Performer), 1930 Escape! (Performer), 1922 Flames of Passion (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Knights of Song - Performer (October 17, 1938 - October 29, 1938), Virginia - Performer (September 2, 1937 - October 23, 1937), Springtime for Henry - Performer (December 9, 1931 - May 1932), Lean Harvest - Performer (October 13, 1931 - November 1931), This Was a Man - Performer (November 23, 1926 - December 1926)


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