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    A James Cagney Pair of Letters Received from Audie Murphy, 1945. The first is two pages, penned in blue fountain pen ink, dated "October 29, 1945," a newsy letter reading in part "Dear Jim / I missed you a lot after / I left - didn't have anyone / to argue with / ...Hope we can get together / soon, you Bloody Irishman / As ever, / Audie;" with its original transmittal envelope postmarked "Farmersville / Oct 30 / 5 30 PM 1945 / Tex.;" the second is one page, penned in black fountain pen ink, dated "Dec. 2, 1945," also newsy and friendly, reading in part " lay off the / judo until you get on your / mat -- will you, old man? / All the best, / Audie."
    8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

    According to Murphy's Wikipedia page, he "was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism...When actor and producer James Cagney saw the July 16, 1945 issue of 'Life' magazine depicting Murphy as 'the most decorated soldier,' he brought him to Hollywood. Cagney and his brother William signed him as a contract player for their production company and gave him training in acting, voice and dance (but) they never cast Murphy in a movie (as) a personal disagreement ended the association in 1947." Presciently, Murphy mentions 'arguing' with Cagney in one of the letters above, probably not realizing it would end their friendship.

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