ARCH J. ELLIOT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/07/1973 - HFSID 302930
Sale Price $81.00
ARCH J. ELLIOT
The New Zealand theatrical tour manager offers praise (and one criticism) of the content of Screen World to editor John Willis.
Typed Letter signed: "Arch J. Elliot", 1 page, 7½x9½. Wellington, New Zealand, 1973 March 7. To John Willis, Editor, Screen World, New York, N.Y. In full: "Since 1960 I have received from a Los Angeles friend copies of Screen World, missing only the 1963 issue, and in 1966 while in Los Angeles I bought the issue of that year. For Xmas I received the 1972 edition, and my Los Angeles friend and myself are disappointed that this last issue in their OBITUARIES section, failed to record the passing of quite a top star of the silent era .. [Ellipses in original.] Dorothy Dalton, whom we remember in FLAME OF THE YUKON, THE WEAKER SEX, WILD WINTRHOP'S WIDOW and others. Dorothy Dalton was well to the fore when Louise Glaum, Enid Bennett, Billie Burke and so many famous actors were drawing crowds to the cinemas ... I trust that Dorothy Dalton will be placed, possibly with a photo, in your next issue. Many like myself who greatly value the excellence of your SCREEN WORLD, in presenting such a wealth of scenes and details of casts and credits. I look forward each year to receiving my copy from my friend in California. I sent him my collection of programmes issued by a leading cinema in New Zealand from about 1915 or there-abouts, well from the time Miss BILLIE BURKE appeared in PEGGY for TRIANGLE FILMS and her serial GLORIA'S ROMANCE was screened at this fine cinema. It was good to see CHARLES CHAPLIN receiving special space in the 1972 issue and LILLIAN GISH receiving her Special Academy Award. Kind regards from this part of the world. Sincerely". Arch J. Elliot was the New Zealand circuit manager for J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd from 1949 until his 1970 retirement. He was the tour manager for the musical and drama productions that Williamsons brought to New Zealand. Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tonyfor Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. 2x1½ piece missing from bottom left corner. Creased. Lightly worn. One horizontal fold. Otherwise, fine condition.
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