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Faith Baldwin
1936. Comprises an ALS and two TLsS of novelist Faith Baldwin to Mark Hellinger. In 1938, Hellinger wrote his first screenplay, “Comet Over Broadway.” It was adapted from a story by Faith Baldwin,

(1) Typed Letter Signed “Faith,” one page, 6.5” x 8.5”. [Brooklyn, N.Y.], Monday, [March-April 1936]. “156 - 97 St / Brooklyn” at top in pencil in unknown hand. On her personal stationery to Mark Hellinger. In part, “Wife vs Sec seems to have gotten a terrible panning. The original story has been changed and all that and I suffer when the critics speak of it as a serial as if [it] was merely a nifty novelette but I thought it an amusing picture (maybe my taste is low but you’d better not think so knowing what I think of you). I am looking forward to the screen version of The Moons Our Home though. Swell cast, should be very funny...” Penciled address in upper left. “Wife vs. Secretary,” starring Clark Gable (boss), Jean Harlow (secretary), and Myrna Loy (wife), premiered on February 28, 1936. “The Moon’s Our Home,” starring Margaret Sullavan and Henry Fonda, premiered on April 10, 1936. Each were adapted from Baldwin novels. Glue stains on upper half of verso, light show-through. Fine condition.

(2) Autograph Letter Signed “Faith,” two pages, 6.5” x 8.5”. 156 - 97th St. [Brooklyn, N.Y.], April 7 [1936]. On her personal stationery to Mark Hellinger. In part, “I’ve asked F. and R. to send you a copy of the Latest Romance! Out May 7th – It’s a Romantic opus and may bore you but perhaps Mrs. Mark Hellinger will like it ... I hope they sent you The Moon’s Our Home Too. I had such fun with that and it should be a helleva good movie picture...” It premiered three days after Baldwin wrote this letter. Faith Baldwin’s romance novel, “Private Duty,” was published by Farrar & Rinehart on May 7, 1936. Glue stains at upper edge of verso, light show-through, light glue spotting. Fine condition.

(3) Typed Letter Signed “Faith,” one page, 7.25” x 10.25”. 156 - 97th St. [Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday]. On her personal stationery to Mark Hellinger. After telling Hellinger about “lit. and cocktail parties (synonomous?) to which I have lent the light of my presence,” she writes, in part, “...my current opus is going badly and I like the plans for the next one better because the next one is always the one you aren’t writing. The Post novel starts next weeks issue and I hope people will like it. I have seen both my movies and am still optimistic!” The movies are ostensibly “Wife vs. Secretary” and “The Moon’s Our Home” which opened on February 28 and April 10, 1936, respectively. Glue stains on upper third of verso, no show-through. Fine condition.

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