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BASIL RATHBONE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/28/1947 - HFSID 257233

Rathbone signed this typed letter, with a somewhat shaky hand, to Mary Sandman from New York City in 1947. His signature can probably be excused, as he writes that he broke his arm. He thanked Sandman for her "letter of condolence" and that he's continuing performances in spite of the cast.

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BASIL RATHBONE
Rathbone signed this typed letter, with a somewhat shaky hand, to Mary Sandman from New York City in 1947. His signature can probably be excused, as he writes that he broke his arm. He thanked Sandman for her "letter of condolence" and that he's continuing performances in spite of the cast.
Typed letter signed "Basil Rathbone" in blue ink. 1 page, 7¼x10¼. New York City, Nov. 28, 1947. Addressed to Miss Mary Sandman, Roxbury, Massachusetts. In full: "Dear Miss Sandman: Thank you so much for you gracious letter and card of condolences, also your most pertin-ent quotations from Goethe which I most heartily agree with. The arm is set and mending well - I only missed one performance. I am carrying on with the arm in a cast and a sling. Every good wish, Sincerely yours, br:hdg". Lightly toned and rippled. Signature is shaky but legible. Pinhole near top edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope, postmarked New York City, Nov. 29, 1947 and addressed to Miss Mary Sandman, Roxbury, Massachusetts. With hearts written on envelope in blue ink and lead pencil in unknown hand. Lightly toned and creased. Torn open at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Rathbone (1892-1967, born Philip St. John Basil Rathbone in Johannesburg, South Africa), who appeared on Broadway 23 times and won the 1948 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (The Heiress), is also known for his film work in period costume dramas. He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and King Louis XVI in If I Were King (1938). Rathbone also appeared as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1934), Evremonde in Tale of Two Cities (1935), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Pompeii (1936), Karenin in Anna Karenina (1936) and Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). In 1939, he was cast as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of 14 screen appearances as Conan Doyle's master detective. Rathbone also played Holmes on radio from 1939 to 1946.

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