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    An Assorted Group of Documents Related to "True Grit," 1969-1970. Including (in chronological order): 1) fourteen photocopied pages of the cast and crew address list dated "8-27-68;" 2) a secretary's handwritten list noting "Transportation" with Wayne's further annotations penned in black felt-tip ink; 3) a fascinating letter that Wayne himself typed to Hal Wallis [producer of the film], outlining in great detail (six paragraphs) his thoughts on how "True Grit" could be re-edited for maximum story flow, ending with "I probably could have said all this in twelve words if I were in the room / with you, but trying to paint a true picture has made this seem very wordy to me. / I hope it is persuasive enough to cause you to give it a try," with a few of Wayne's penciled corrections evident; 4) a photocopy of the final letter Wayne sent to Wallis (evidently typed by his secretary) dated "January 28, 1969;" 5) a telegram dated "Mar 28, 1969" to Wayne from Bob Evans of Paramount Studios reading in part "your best performance ever...all of us very excited about picture potential both critically and commercially;" 6) a file copy of a letter Wayne sent to "True Grit" author, Charles Portis, dated "May 16, 1969," reading in part "I just saw True Grit.../ I saw those wonderful characters come / to life because of your writing...;" 7) a telegram dated "1969 June 25" to Wayne from Denver Pile, reading in part "...I had an eye patch...I see that you now have one and are traveling right to an Academy (Award);" 8) a file copy of a letter dated "October 24, 1969" that Wayne sent to an upset female fan who thought there was too much "obscenity" and "profanity" in the film (Wayne responded in part: "...in my own way I try to keep pictures healthy enough for the whole family to see"); 9) a half-page piece of paper with Wayne's blue ballpoint ink handwritten response to Los Angeles Times film critic, Charles D. Champlin, reading in part "It might be of interest for / you to know that I had to / learn to say ain't upon entering / this business / ...anyway, I shall have a / drink to humor and a hope that / yours will be better analysis / and less rebuke in the future. / Your ever lovin' victim / John Wayne;" 10) a photocopy of the final typed version Wayne sent to Champlin dated "July 22, 1970;" and 11) the original letter from Champlin dated "February 20, 1970" that got Wayne so riled ["When John Wayne can be convincing as a Harvard / professor of international law, I'll agree that he is as good / an actor as [Jon] Voight"]; overall, a compelling look at how "True Grit" affected a number of people, including its star.
    11" x 8 1/2" and smaller


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2011
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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