WILLIAM S. HART - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/05/1930 - HFSID 147428
WILLIAM S. HART Hart handwrote, signed and dated this letter to Arthur Wenzel in 1930. In it, he turns down an invitation and about an upcoming radio appearance. Autograph letter signed "Bill Hart" in purple ink. 2 pages, 8½x10¾, on Willilam S. Hart Company stationery. Feb. 5, 1930.
Sale Price $450.00
WILLIAM S. HART
Hart handwrote, signed and dated this letter to Arthur Wenzel in 1930. In it, he turns down an invitation and about an upcoming radio appearance.
Autograph letter signed "Bill Hart" in purple ink. 2 pages, 8½x10¾, on Willilam S. Hart Company stationery. Feb. 5, 1930. Addressed to "Arthur Wenzel". In full: "Dear Arthur Wenzel, Many thanks for the invitation; Sorry I can't say, Yes! The public wants me to work so doggone much, that I find it embarrassing to appear any where - because I cannot explain why I dont [sic] work. So I must stay in the background at present - I'm going to talk over the air for Paul Whiteman 'Old Gold' hour Tuesday Feb 11th at 6 to 7 It should be good as Paul is arranging my music for it Very truly yours". Hart (1870-1946, born in Newburgh, New York) 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. Lightly toned, especially along folds, creased and rippled. Light tears at top of pages. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Torn on left and right edges along folds. Otherwise in fine condition.
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