CECIL B. DEMILLE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/20/1934 - HFSID 296498
Sale Price $510.00
CECIL B. deMILLE
The Academy Award winner director writes a personal letter to a colleague in New York, humorously adding "In the meantime, you will have seen CLEOPATRA, and maybe you won't speak want to speak to me any more anyway"
Typed Letter signed: "CB", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1934 July 20. On letterhead of Paramount Pictures Corporation, West Coast Studios addressed to Miss Aileen Brenon, Paramount Pictures Distr. Corp. New York, New York. Marked PERSONAL. In full: "Dear Aileen: I still have your letter unanswered clutched to my bosom where it has attained a certain venerable look, like one of the old documents of the Crusades, or Marc Antony's conditions of surrender to Cleopatra. And now that I am flying east to see the results of your good work on our little brain child. I will answer the document in person, opening it before us upon a table in some quiet and remote corner, and we can point by point settle our differ-ences - if differences there be and then if they are settled, decide what to do about it. In the meantime, you will have seen CLEOPATRA, and maybe you won't speak want to speak to me any more anyway." Cecil Blount deMille (1881-1959) won an Academy Award for Best Picture for The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), for which he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar, and he was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture for The Ten Commandments (1956). DeMille, who produced his first film (The Squaw Man) in 1914 and his last (The Buccaneer) in 1958, crafted several Westerns, such asThe Plainsman (1937) and other films, including The Greatest Show on Earth, but he is best known for producing and directing epic films (both silents and "talkies") inspired by the Bible and other themes of antiquity. These include The Ten Commandments (both the 1923 and 1956 versions), The King of Kings (1927), Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934) and Samson and Delilah (1949). He also produced such films as Adam's Rib (1923), The Volga Boatman (1926), The Buccaneer (1938), Union Pacific (1939), Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and The War of the Worlds (1953). DeMille, who appeared in several of his films, also wrote the stories and plays upon which several films were based. He also hosted and directed Lux Radio Theatre from 1936-1945, and DeMille was one of the 36 co-founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One horizontal and two vertical folds. Slightly creased. Slightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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