IRVING BERLIN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/12/1951 - HFSID 84743
Sale Price $1,020.00
IRVING BERLIN. TLS: "Irving", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, 1951 October 12. On stationery imprinted with his name to Mr. Andy Rice, New York, N.Y. In full: "I'm just rushing off to make a plane for California so this is a quick note acknowledging your very nice letter. I expect to be back in New York in about three weeks, so why don't you come into the office sometime after then and we can have another talk. It was nice seeing you that day and with my best to you, I am, As always." The year before this letter was written, Berlin had composed the music score for the feature film, Annie Get Your Gun, which was based on his Broadway musical. In 1953, he was the composer of the music score for another film based on one of his Broadway plays, Call Me Madam, as well as the editor of Run for the Hills. It is possible that he was leaving for California in connection with one of these projects. Irving Berlin (1888-1989), born Israel Isidore Baline in Tumen, Siberia, Russia, was such a force in American music that in 1924, when Berlin was just 37, songwriter Jerome Kern gave this assessment: "Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music." If the only song he ever wrote was "God Bless America", made famous by Kate Smith, Berlin would be an important part of American music. But Berlin wrote more than 900 songs, including the classics "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Always", "Easter Parade" and "Blue Skies", 19 musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madam, and the scores of 18 movies, including Holiday Inn, which featured his 1942 Academy Award-winning song, "White Christmas". Lightly creased and soiled. ¼-inch stain at upper blank margin. Overall, fine condition.
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