BEN BARD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/26/1928 - HFSID 343186
Sale Price $288.00
The vaudeville and motion picture star sends considerate letter to his fan, signs name in black ink
Typed letter signed: "Ben Bard" in black ink. 1 page, 7¼x10½. Written on personal letterhead. Original mailing envelope included. Hollywood, California. July 26, 1928. Addressed to Mr. Charles Mank, Jr., Secretary of Movie Fans' Friendship Club in Staunton, Illinois. In full: "Dear "Cheerful Chaw":- Have been so busy making a Movietone with Fox and preparing for a new picture that I haven't been able to comply with your request to forward photo, cut, and some news until now. Under separate cover you will receive the cut, also an 8x10 photo personally autographed. As soon as the cut has served its purpose, please return promptly. Of course you saw me in "Dressed to Kill", and underworld story, in which I played the villain? This week I am starting work in my new picture in which I am to play opposite Mary Astor. I will have the best part of my motion picture career, as I want you to be sure and see it when it is released as I would like very much to know how you like it. Also watch for the Movietone program which will be shown in New York City soon, then it will not be long when it will appear all over the country. Movietone is going to be quite the thing in motion pictures, I believe you will agree. Many thanks for your interest and cooperation, and with best wishes to you, I am, Sincerely your friend". Ben Bard (1893-1974) formed a vaudeville comedy teamwith Jack Pearl. In film, Bard was often cast as a "suave heavy", a dapper, smooth-talking fellow with a dark side, as in The Seventh Victim (1943). In the 1950s, he headed the New Talent Department at Twentieth Century Fox. He founded the Ben Bard Drama studio in 1960. Bard outlived two of his actress wives, divorcing the third. He is buried beside the first, serial film star Ruth Roland. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Small stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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