W. C. FIELDS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 265175
Sale Price $1,360.00
W.C. FIELDS. ALS: "Willie", 2p, separate sheets, 8½x11. Bel Air, Cal., Sunday
(October 15, 1939). Original envelope addressed by Fields to: "Miss Jane
Fowler/National Park College/Forest Glen/Maryland". Lightly creased. Fine condition.
JANE FOWLER was the daughter of his friend, Gene Fowler. Fields had developed a
crush on Jane but the affection was unreciprocated. To "my dear nice niece Janey pie".
In full: "Thanks for your letter of the 11th, but first I want to tell you that I was coming
to forest Glen and engage quarters close to the college, listen to the lesson and get a little
added education. Further I could watch you and see that you took your salt peter but
when I read your envelope, 'W. C. Feilds' [he has circled the "ei"] I swooned. My own plum,
do they not teach you I before E except after C. Suppose after our wedding you go to
the Cadillac agency and say 'two 16's, one sport roadster and one coupe, hand the
gentleman in attendance a check for $17,000.00 and you sign it 'Jane Feilds.' You do
not like the jailhouse any more than I do. If as much. Dear do be careful. I answered your
dear wire after I got the necessary funds together to pay for it but I made a mistake and
sent it care of Booker T. Washington Co-ed College in Maryland. I was pretty close at
that. You are right, your dear DaDa was never gaga. But ask him about the night he
hit my cook in the face with a magician. I do not juggle lemons in the morning, it's
limes, and I don't even juggle limes - and it wasn't a comic strip I was in - it was a
nuance of Ripley. If you can get any tips on the races, send them on. The beetles are
hustling right now up at Bay Meadows. In case your DaDa gets too something or other to
continue his literary career. I have taken up the art so that we may keep it in the family. I
am sending under separate cover my latest Tome." Lightly creased. Folds not at signature.
Paper clip rust stain at upper corner. Overall, fine condition. GENE FOWLER (1890-1960)
co-wrote the screenplays for over 20 films in the 1930s including The Call of the Wild, A
Message to Garcia and White Fang and wrote the book, Beau James. Fowler and FIELDS
often drank and played cards together. Two items.
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