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MARSHALL "MICKEY" NEILAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/14/1938 - HFSID 67428

MARSHALL "MICKEY" NEILAN From his desk in Hollywood, the actor and silent film director thanks critic Louis Sobol for writing a favorable review of his work. Signed, "Mickey the Neilan." Typed letter signed: "Mickey[ and in print] The Neilan.", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11.

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MARSHALL "MICKEY" NEILAN
From his desk in Hollywood, the actor and silent film director thanks critic Louis Sobol for writing a favorable review of his work. Signed, "Mickey the Neilan."
Typed letter signed: "Mickey[ and in print] The Neilan.", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, January 14, 1938. To "Dear Sobol", Louis Sobol of Selznick-International, Culver City Cal., In full: "While driving west I missed your article covering my situation and a friend just mailed it to me. I wont try to go into a lot of words to thank you as frankly I am limited slinging this kind of stuff. All I can say I that your action is one of the finest things that has ever be done for me in my many years in the game and I only hope that some time I can reciprocate in such a sway that it will prove my gratitude and sincerity. Yours sincerely". Marshall Neilan (1891-1958) was one of the most prolific silent film directors during the early ages of the art. Credited with over 100 films, his works include Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917), Don't Ever Marry (1919) and Swing it Professor (1937). Stumbling into his first acting role after a lucky run-in with director Allan Dwan, Neilan started in the business as an actor, appearing in over 130 movies including The Country Boy (1915), The Cycle of Fate (1916) and Daddy-Long-Legs (1919). In 1919 he co-founded of Associated Producers, Inc. where he began his production company. As his popularity grew, he was picked up by Metro-Goldwyn Pictures to a do a variety of movies with Louis B. Mayer. The two disagreed on every decision, and a major fall out eventually led to Neilan quitting the company. In his late career he returned to acting in brief cameo appearances. The last film he appeared in before his death was A Face in the Crowd (1957), featuring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal. Russian-born Louis Sobol (1896-1986) was a writer, actor and small time producer who frequently wrote as a Broadway and film critic for various New York City papers. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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