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NAT J. FERBER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 31768

TLS: "Nat J. Ferber", 1p, 8½x11. No place, but likely Hollywood, California, no date, but likely circa 1934. To Broadway columnist Louis Sobol. Begins: "Dear Louis".

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NAT J. FERBER. TLS: "Nat J. Ferber", 1p, 8½x11. No place, but likely Hollywood, California, no date, but likely circa 1934. To Broadway columnist Louis Sobol. Begins: "Dear Louis". In full: "Talked things over with my publisher as regards my next two books and matter of renewing contract. I renewed my contract and agreed to have in publishers (sic) hand the two books at a certain specified time. The first, 'One Happy Jew' in the early spring; the second for Fall publication. The screen thing I handed you is part of the second book. My publisher pointed out that I am putting myself in the position of being charged with plagarism from a movie. He therefore suggested and I agreed---and I hope you will not mind-if the movie is farmed out under the following caption: (sic) 'The Mob's Mayor' (tentative, of course) Synopsis of a screen play by Nat J. Ferber and Louis Sobel (sic, Sobol) from a novel by Nat J. Ferber. After all, that would be stating the truth. [one line x'ed out] It is absolutely not a question of glory. I feel that you don't gi give a hang as to that any more than I do. But is IS important for me in that my future lies in fiction. Also my presence in Hollywood may prove far more profitable if I get the credit for my story. As to the financial arrangement, fifty-fifty suits me fine; but I take it for granted that you will accept no price until I approve. I suggest this because I shall be on the ground and with the aid of certain friends in Hollywood, among them people who in the past have tried to get me the work for the screen, I may have some offers of my own. I have also made a promise which must be kept. It was made to Miss Jean Cohen, head of Columbia's scenaria department---and not to Jack Cohen, by any means. Jean made me promise, which I did gladly, that I would fortify her position by giving her [one word x'ed out] a chance to tell her California office that they should buy it...which I do not think they will. But you know how it is; if someone else buys it and Columbia hasn't even seen it, she will be blamed and that must not happen. We are very dear friends. She knows the story and will recommend it highly. I may hand you this note, but I am jotting all this down that you [portion torn away] I shall not forget these thoughts. You may regard this note as our agreement of partnership. I do not need any writing from you. I have all the faith in the world in you. Faithfully yours,". Ferber published One Happy Jew in 1934. The proposed screenplay he mentions is likely based on his book, I Found Out, A Confidential Chronicle of the Twenties, which was not published until 1939. We have not found any record of The Mob's Mayor being filmed; Ferber's film credits include Princess O'Hara (1935) and Circumstantial Evidence (1945). NAT FERBER (1889-1945) was a former investigative reporter for "The New York American", a Hearst newspaper. His book, I Found Out, included chapters on Chicago mobsters, dope and the murder of racketeer Arnold Rothstein, who is best known for fixing the 1919 World Series. Ferber investigated Rothstein and his ties to New York's Tammany Hall political machine before going to Hollywood to work on films in 1933. He also wrote a number of novels and a biography, A New American: The Life Story of Justice Salvatore A. Cotillo (1938), whose introduction was written by New York Governor Al Smith. LOUIS SOBOL (1896-1986) wrote a Broadway column for the "New York Journal-American" for many years. Sobol, who had first appeared in Hollywood feature films in 1933, the year Ferber went to Hollywood, later appeared as himself in Copacabana (1947) and College Confidential (1960). Ink smudged at the "ber" of Ferber. Lightly creased. Torn at blank left and lower edges. 1¼-inch paper loss at upper right blank corner, ½x2-inch paper loss at lower right corner, affecting 1 word of type. 1-inch tear at upper left blank edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
 
 

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