ROSCOE "FATTY" ARBUCKLE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/24/1924 - HFSID 274951
Sale Price $2,550.00
ROSCOE "FATTY" ARBUCKLEArbuckle writes to his estranged wife, who had defended him during his scandalous trials Autograph Letter signed: "Roscoe", 4p, 6x9½. Louisville, KentuckySeptember 4, 1924. On letterhead of The Brown Hotel to "Dear Mint" [his first wife, Minta Durfee Arbuckle]. In full: Received contract okay. I am glad you are pleased with the details therein. You tell Major Sweet for me that I think he is a first class gentleman and I hope I see more of him in the future. So you are sailing on the Majestic. You will enjoy that as it is one of the finest boats afloat. I envy you that trip. I am also glad you have decided about Mimi. You have been a good thing all your life. I don't mean that it isn't right to take care of them but it certainly must get on your nerves not to have any freedom and always have to be thinking about somebody else all the time. It is about time you were thinking about yourself once in a while. You are entitled to a little pleasure and comfort yourself so go to it. I'm for you 100 percent. Please don't mention whay I have said to Marie as I love her and I wouldn't hurt her feelings for anything in the world but just the same you are the first one to be considered as far as I am concerned. Live your own life and do what you want to do. You are entitled to it. Please destroy this so she don't [sic] see it. I have thought out the following system of sending you your statement and check. It will always be a week behind which I will explain, for instance. We are playing Louisville this week. My advance man has gone on to Chicago and as he keeps his the books we cannot balance them until I arrive in Chicago. So the Louisville statement together with check will be mailed from Chicago and so in each town we play. Please tell me just how you want it sent. The contract states a certain bank for the check but where will I mail the statements, or can't it be arranged in some way so I can mail the whole Business together and close up the entire weeks business at one time and then the records are always complete at the end of each week and the account is always up to date. Please have the Major figure out as I don't like to keep books so would rather close each week up infull with all details and have a complete record of each week in a separate envelope so at any time it can be checked up at a moment's notice. We'll be at the Chicago Beach Hotel, Chicago all next week. Give my best to Marie and everybody and all my best wishes and thanks to you." Rusty paperclip impression on first page, binder hole at top, light folds. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by matching, autograph envelope 6½x3½), postmarked Louisville, Ky., September 24, 1924, addressed by Arbuckle to "Mrs. Minta D. Arbuckle/347 West 55th St./New York City". Three-fourths-inch tear at left of upper edge. Binder hole in printed return address. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. Joining Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops in 1913, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle (1887-1933) quickly rose to stardom in a series of short silent film comedies with such costars as Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin and Chester Conkling. From 1916, he wrote and directed many of his own films as well as some of the other stars of comedy. In 1921, at the peak of success after signing a huge contract with Paramount Pictures, Arbuckle's career was ruined by a sexual assault scandal. After three trials, two hung juries, and an acquittal, Arbuckle was found innocent but public opinion forced Arbuckle's retirement from the screen. He made a brief comeback under the alias William Goodrich (he signed a six-film contract with Warner Bros. in 1932 and a feature film contract in 1933), he passed away. Roscoe Arbuckle married Minta Durfee (1889-1975) in 1908. She soon found roles in many of her husband's comedies, but also in the films of Charlie Chaplin and others. The couple separated in 1918, but Minta defended her husband's innocence in the court of public opinion during his three trials. The couple divorced in 1925, an event for which Arbuckle seems to be preparing with the financial arrangements he outlines in this letter. Minta Durfee Arbuckle appeared in film supporting roles for many years thereafter, her last one being The Savage Intruder (1968). Although blacklisted from movie screens for several years, Arbuckle did carry on as an entertainer. Regular mailing creases. Worn corners. Otherwise, fine condition. Two items.
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