CECIL B. DEMILLE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/14/1936 - HFSID 296497
Sale Price $595.00
CECIL B. deMILLE
The Academy Award winning director writes a letter shortly after completing his 1936 film The Plainsmen.
Typed Letter signed: "Cecil", 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1936 November 14. On letterhead of Paramount Pictures Corporation, West Coast Studios, addressed to Miss Aileen Brenon, Paramount Pictures Inc., New York, New York. In full: "Dear Aileen: It was nice to hear from you again. I have just read your letter of October 27th, having been in a vigorous Indian ampaign with THE PLAINSMEN until today. After reading your letter I immediately dictated the opening paragraph of the by-line story you want for Mr. Zukor's Jubilee. When I see you in New York week after next we will have an old time reunion. Affectionate greetings, Cecil B. deMille." 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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