WILLIAM S. HART - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/28/1936 - HFSID 287723
WILLIAM S. HART ALS to his friend Rudy Vallée, anticipating a party when they get together Autograph Letter signed: "Bill Hart", 1 page, 8½x11. Horseshoe Ranch, Newhall, California, 1936 January 28.
Sale Price $450.00
WILLIAM S. HART
ALS to his friend Rudy Vallée, anticipating a party when they get together
Autograph Letter signed: "Bill Hart", 1 page, 8½x11. Horseshoe Ranch, Newhall, California, 1936 January 28. On personal letterhead to "Dear Rudy" [Vallée], in full: ""It is good to hear from you. Of course you're no stranger, as I hear your hour every week. I hope the coat shows up in good shape. I feel sure you'll like it. The weather is suitable anyhow according to the reports of Eastern blizzards, etc. Your father and uncle visited us out here a couple of months ago. They could only stay about an hour, but I think La Loma de los Vientos. I expect to be in the big camp in about a month, perhaps before then. We must have a little party. Always your friend". He lived there until his death. William S. Hart (1870-1946) began acting onstage in New York, going on to make his name as a Shakespearean actor on Broadway. By his 30s, he was a highly popular stage performer, particularly in western plays. He had spent his youth traveling around the country with his father, an itinerant laborer. Hart was 44 when he starred in his first film in 1914. Basing his westerns on his own memories of the West, he insisted on stark realism, using bare, unglamorous storylines that emphasized plot and character over action. In the early 20s, other western stars emerged who emphasized spectacular action and larger-than-life heroics, and Hart's popularity faded. In 1925, he made his final film, Tumbleweeds. Hart was a friend of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and was a pallbearer at Earp's 1929 funeral. Hart had been a guest on crooner Rudy Vallée's radio show at least once before (December 1934), and would be again in November 1937. La Loma de los Vientos (Hill of the Winds) was Hart's home in retirement. He donated it to the County of Los Angeles, and it is now the site of the William S. Hart Park and Museum. One horizontal two vertical mailing creases. Lightly creased, unknown stain at top left edge. Toned at right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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