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WARNER BAXTER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/14/1926 - HFSID 297337

WARNER BAXTER The silent film star asks a theater owner how he likes The Great Gatsby and his other movies. Typed Letter signed: "Warner Baxter", 1 page, 8½x11. Long Island City, New York, 1926 September 14. On letterhead of Famous Players - Lasky Corporation/Paramount Pictures to J.

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WARNER BAXTER
The silent film star asks a theater owner how he likes The Great Gatsby and his other movies.
Typed Letter signed: "Warner Baxter", 1 page, 8½x11. Long Island City, New York, 1926 September 14. On letterhead of Famous Players - Lasky Corporation/Paramount Pictures to J. Von Herberg, Liberty Theatre, Seattle, Washington. In full: "I have been requested by the executives of the Famous Players - Lasky Corporation to send autographed pictures to a few friends who expect to play my latest picture, 'The Great Gatsby'. I am taking the liberty, therefore, of sending you under separate cover an 11x14 photograph of myself. [Item not included.] For some time I have wanted to communicate with you, so feel this is a good opportunity to do so. I hope this will, in a measure, serve to show you my appreciation for your splendid support of previous Paramount pictures in which I have appeared. I place the greatest possible value on exhibitors' reactions to my work, and have always felt that the association between exhibitor and player should be a closer one. Consequently, if you find time, I should appreciate a note from you telling me frankly how you like 'The Great Gatsby,' which is soon to be released, and any other of my pictures. With heartiest wishes for a successful season and with kindest personal regards, I am Yours very sincerely". Former vaudeville performer, Broadway actor and silent film matinee idol Baxter (1889-1951, born Warner Leroy Baxter in Columbus, Ohio) won the 1930 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for playing the Cisco Kid in the 1928 film In Old Arizona. Baxter, who had broken into silents with a bit part in 1914, would go on to appear in nearly 100 films, including Miss Brewster's Millions (1926), The Great Gatsby (1926), Ramona (1928), The Arizona Kid (1930), Daddy Long Legs (1931), The Cisco Kid (1931), 42nd Street (1933), Dangerously Yours (1933), The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), Kidnapped (1938), Return of the Cisco Kid (1939), Lady in the Dark (1944) and a series of Crime Doctor films (appearing as Dr. Robert Ordway from 1943 to 1949). Multiple mailing folds. Torn at center left edge. Toned and lightly worn. Corners creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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