CARL LAEMMLE SR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/23/1928 - HFSID 269537
Sale Price $595.00
The Universal film mogul signs a typed letter excitedly discussing the recent "synchronized and talking pictures"
Typed letter signed: "Carl Laemmle", 1p, 8½x11, Universal Pictures Corporation, 1928 November 23. To Mr. Duncan Boss. In part: "Thank you this time for your gratifying comments upon The Man Who Laughs and The Foreign Legion. I was especially happy to know that you consider our adaptation of Victor Hugo's famous story one of our greatest achievements....I shall be glad to bring your title suggestion to the attention of Edgar Allan Woolf, who is to write the stories for the Rooney-Universal pictures....I wonder if you also know that we have signed up the famous King of Jazz, Paul Whiteman, for a synchronized sound production featuring the life of this remarkable young man....A screen story will be written, working in the elements which have made Whiteman great. Eddie Leonard has also signed on the dotted line for a sound picture. I hope you will soon be afforded an opportunity of seeing some of our synchronized and talking pictures. Thank you for your interest in our activities in this new field." The Man Who Laughs, starring Conrad Veidt and Mary Philbin, had premiered on April 27, 1928 and The Foreign Legion, starring Norman Kerry and Lewis Stone, opened on June 23, 1928. Both were silent films. "Victor Hugo's famous story" was L'Homme Qui Rit (The Man Who Laughs). Edgar Allan Woolf wrote Universal Pictures comedy shorts The Three Diamonds, Sweethearts, The Love Tree and Love Birds, each released in 1929, each starring Broadway dance legend Pat Rooney, Patricia Rooney and Pat Rooney, Jr. Universal's The King of Jazz starred 40-year-old PAUL WHITEMAN as himself. The animation sequence in the Academy Award winning musical, created by Walter Lantz (later created Woody Woodpecker), was the first Technicolor animation ever produced. While the first "talkie" was Warner Bros. 1927 production, The Jazz Singer, the first feature film with all synchronous dialogue was Warner Bros. The Lights of New York which premiered on July 6, 1928, just four months before Laemmle wrote this letter. EDDIE LEONARD starred as songwriter Des Dupree in 1929's Melody Lane. Leonard really was a songwriter. Lightly creased and toned. Folds. Vertical fold touches one letter of signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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