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Warner Jack

Two page TLS, 7.25" x 10.5" on letterhead of "Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc./West Coast Studios/Burbank, Calif". Dated "April 6, 1939", and signed by Jack Warner in full signature, "Jack Warner". Typed on rectos with versos blank. Small stain spot to first page, with a small 1/2" intact tear to left margin. Single staple upper left corner. Light toning to paper with one area of pin hole loss. Expected folds.

A perfect piece of "Gone With The Wind" memorabilia. A fantastic signed letter from Jack Warner, discussing "Gone With The Wind" with Max Steiner who wrote the musical score for the movie, with the letter dated in the year of the release of the movie. The perfect hat trick!

This superb letter from Jack is written to Max lavishing praise "Received your circular letter about doing GONE WITH THE WIND and first I want to say that irrespective of what pictures you score, you are the best musical composer in the industry. If this is not true, I am sufficiently a music critic to prove it … while I realize we have brought another composer in to do certain pictures from time to time, it is with great pride that we can point to the important music in pictures … However I do hope that with GONE WITH THE WIND you will not only win the Academy Award, but the plaudits of the public, who are after all, our most important judges …"

As it would turn out, "Gone With the Wind" received 13 nominations and won 8 Academy awards, with 2 honorary mentions. Musically it was a highly competitive year as the film came out alongside "The Wizard Of Oz", which won Best Musical Score and Best Song.

Max Steiner worked over twelve weeks on the "Gone With the Wind"'s musical score, the longest period that he had ever spent writing one, and at two hours and thirty-six minutes long it was also the longest that he had ever written.  The score is characterized by two love themes, one for Ashley's and Melanie's sweet love and another that evokes Scarlett's passion for Ashley, though notably there is no Scarlett and Rhett love theme. Steiner drew considerably on folk and patriotic music, with the theme that is most associated with the film today being the melody that accompanies Tara, the O'Hara plantation.

A fantastic scarce letter showing the underlying competitive current of the industry, from key players of the period. But for a "Gone With the Wind" enthusiast, you can't get more personal!

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