NILS T. GRANLUND - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/17/1945 - HFSID 157166
NILS THOR GRANLUND The pioneer film promoter replies to thanks for his efforts at the Hollywood Canteen. Rare signature of the man who invented the movie "trailer", and the Opening Night gala. Typed Letter signed: "Nils T. Granlund", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Hollywood, California, 1945 January 17.
Sale Price $324.00
NILS THOR GRANLUND
The pioneer film promoter replies to thanks for his efforts at the Hollywood Canteen. Rare signature of the man who invented the movie "trailer", and the Opening Night gala.
Typed Letter signed: "Nils T. Granlund", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Hollywood, California, 1945 January 17. To "Dear Miss Koverman", in full: "Thank you so very much for your kind note. It arrived but yesterday, having been directed to my former home. Your letter is all the more welcome since this is the first bit of recognition in writing or otherwise for whatever I have done at the Canteen. It is little thoughtful acts of yours, such as this letter of yours, which make you so greatly loved in our profession. Let me know when I can serve you - and the boys - again. Thanks so much". Nils Thor Granlund (1890-1957) immigrated with his family from his native Sweden in 1898. After a stint as a sports and entertainment writer for the Providence Tribune, he was hired by Marcus Loew in 1913 to promote Loew's theatre chain. The innovative Granlund was hugely successful in this effort, the first to conceive of "trailers" to promote upcoming films, and the first to suggest opening night galas for movie premieres. Financed by Loew, he bought WHN-Radio, New York City, bringing talents like Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor to the airwaves. In the late 1930s, he opened some flashy nightclubs, including New York's Hollywood Restaurant. Moving to the West Coast in 1939, he was less successful in live show production, although his chorus girl lineups were a hit with servicemen. He appeared as himself in several films. He died in a Las Vegas taxi accident while negotiating a contract for a show there. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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