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    Mark Hellinger Comet Over Broadway Archive, Including Signed Letter from Bette Davis. Mark Hellinger began his Warner Bros. sojourn writing the script for Comet Over Broadway, a 1938 saga based on a Faith Baldwin story of an ambitious stage star. Bette Davis refused the script ("It reminds me of weak tea," she carped) and Kay Francis (then in severe career decline) accepted the job. This volume (red leather binding with Hellinger's name embossed on the cover in gold) contains the 145-page script (which bears Bette Davis's name for the star role of "Eve Appleton"). Also included is a 72-page "Adaptation and Screenplay" by Hellinger; three letters from Faith Baldwin, each on her personal stationery and each signed "Faith;" and a typed letter from Better Davis, on her 6" x 8.5" personal stationery, dated March 31, 1939 and reading: "Dear Mark Hellinger, I appreciated your kind letter of congratulations regarding Dark Victory so much, especially so since I felt that you had no adverse feelings toward me regarding Comet Over Broadway!! Kindest personal regards," and she signs in black fountain ink, "Bette Davis." The Davis letter comes with its original envelope, postmarked Los Angeles April 1, 1939 and with a $.03 stamp. Very Good condition. From the Mark Hellinger Archive. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA.


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