JESSE L. LASKY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/23/1955 - HFSID 74230
JESSE L. LASKY Jesse L. Lasky sends a typed letter of regret that at the present time he will not be able to become producer for "The Vanishing Island". Typed Letter Signed: "Jesse L. Lasky", 1p, 8¼x10¾. Hollywood, California, 1955 May 23. On business letterhead. To Mr.
Sale Price $288.00
JESSE L. LASKY
Jesse L. Lasky sends a typed letter of regret that at the present time he will not be able to become producer for "The Vanishing Island".
Typed Letter Signed: "Jesse L. Lasky", 1p, 8¼x10¾. Hollywood, California, 1955 May 23. On business letterhead. To Mr. Reginald Owen, Bennett Hall, Mackinac Island, Michigan. In full: "Thank you for sending me the photograph of myself taken in Santa Barbara. I am sorry to advise you that I am not in a position to undertake the production of a motion picture based on 'The Vanishing Island'. I enjoyed the play very much and, as you know, am in sympathy with the whole project. I am committed to a production that is going to absorb all of my time for a year or more, and am obligated to devote myself exclusively to this one picture. I wish I could advise you on how to proceed to interest a producer for 'The Vanishing Island', but I am at a loss for the moment what to suggest. Somewhere there must be someone for this worthwhile project. If I should have an inspiration, I will communicate with you again. With kindest personal regards, I am Sincerely yours," Jesse L. Lasky (1880-1958) formed the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company in 1913, persuaded by his brother-in-law, Samuel Goldwyn (then known as Sam Goldfish). In 1916, Famous Players merged with the Lasky Feature Play Company to form Famous Players-Lasky and after a few name changes, finally became Paramount Pictures. Jesse Lasky was forced to leave his job as head of production in 1932. He began a new career as an independent producer releasing through various studios including Fox and RKO. He partnered with Mary Pickford to form Pickford-Lasky Productions which made a few features in the mid-1930s such as The Gay Desperado (1936) with Leo Carrillo and Ida Lupino. Fold creases not near signature. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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