MACK "THE KING OF COMEDY" SENNETT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/15/1930 - HFSID 347045
Sale Price $510.00
MACK "THE KING OF COMEDY" SENNETTThe comedy film director types this letter of recommendation for a former employee Typed Letter signed: "Mack Sennett" in black ink, 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1930 December 15. On his company letterhead. Written to "TO WHOM PRESENTED". In full: "The bearer of this letter, Mr. C.W. McCann, has employed by the Mack Sennett, Inc., as General Sales Manager of the Industrial Film Division at the Hollywood, Studio for the past year./ We are very glad to say that Mr. McCann has always proven himself honest and reliable, and above all else a good worker./ Mr. McCann is leaving our employ of his own free will, and with our best wishes for success./ We are sorry to have him go, but who ever he is associated with may feel assured that he goes from us very highly recommended indeed./ Yours very truly". Mack Sennett (1880-1960), popularly known as the"Father of Slapstick Comedy", was the creator of the Keystone Kops. Sennett directed or produced over 1000 comedy shorts between 1909 and 1933. Sennett's films usually featured bathing beauties, custard pies, and the Keystone Kops. The Kops (sometimes spelled Cops) invented the hilarious archetype of the bumbling police force that proved their incompetence in nearly every episode. The actors who portrayed the officers changed with every short, although some comedians such as Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Al St. John worked with Sennett many times. Many famous comedians of the time period appeared as Keystone Kops, including Ford Sterling, Del Lord (director of many Three Stooges films), and Charlie Chaplin. His 1914 film Tillie's Punctured Romance was the first American feature-length comedy. It featured Chaplin as well as Mabel Normand. Heavily toned. Two horizontal mailing folds. Faint creases at corners and edges. Light staining along bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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