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    Brock Pemberton and "Harvey" Archive. A terrific archive of material related to the Broadway production of Harvey including a fine collection of 17 letters from the show's producer, Brock Pemberton (1885-1950) to his lover, actress and director Edith Meiser (1898-1993). Together with eighteen 8" x 10" black and white press photographs from the Broadway production as well as the London and touring productions. The photos include images of the various actors who have played Elwood P. Dowd over the years including Frank Fay (who originated the role), Joe E. Brown and of course Jimmy Stewart. Most of the letters in this archive are written to Edith Meiser and though undated, appear to be written between 1946 and 1948 (according to the postmarks) and are mostly signed "B." and occasionally "Brock" and "Brock Pemberton". Together they paint a portrait of an intense relationship as well as reveal the trials and concerns of a seasoned Broadway producer during what proved to be his most successful endeavor of his career. The letters include some fine caustic references to Frank Fay as well as Joe E. Brown, James Stewart and others. The correspondence reads in very small part: ALS, 1p. 4to. on Martha Washington Inn letterhead, Abingdon, Va., [n.d., c. Sept. 5, 1947]: "...The company is good. McCowan[?] excellent. She'll do for the part later. He brought down a few extra and all are all right. My stage manager, Foley, joined the plane at Pittsburgh. He knows the business and positions[?] upside down. (I'm speaking professionally now)... Diana Hunt of the Shubert office just wired offering me the lead in 'The Student Prince.' So there's a part in it for you. We might be a team and have unborn children hanging around the rest of our lives..."; ALS, 3pp. 12mo. on Hotel Book Cadillac letterhead, Detroit, "Monday", [n.d.]: "Here I am in your town thinking of you. Soon you will know whether words are necessary or not. I hope you have enough of them not to be uncomfortable. I got in about 2 a.m. DST but slept six hours, which is about my quotient..." On Joe E. Brown he remarks: "He is such a grand guy [illeg] of the theatre. Why can't they all be like you. However my stage manager says they like Joe E. better than Fay. All we have to do is to keep them split into camps! It was 107 in K[ansas] C[ity] Saturday and they sold out all three performances for 16,887. Fays take was over 4000! Wait till I tell his agent. I not sure about next season . The advance here is good, the weather has turned coolish and the house is practically clean for tonight. I'll fly back in the morning as I have things to do. 'What is it you do, Mr. Dowd?' Harvey and I sit in a booth and please[?] a lovely woman in Boston..."; TLS, 1p. 8vo., on his personal letterhead, New York, "Thursday", [n.d.] "...I made a beeline for the theatre and found your sweet letter. The one to the office I intercepted, at the theatre they neither know nor care about anything but ice. So your record as Harvey is 1000 at the moment. Keep writing and no one will be the wiser and I will be happier. Jimmy [Stewart] is beginning to act as if he would be interested in a return engagement after he gets rid of his next picture. He could sell out for a year or more and I could send F[rank] F[ay] on the road. The more remote his is, the more it will please me. His latest was to demand payment in advance for the entire cast before he would appear in the special matinee yesterday. Also he has quarreled with the new nurse who is slated to return here. I have to get the truth behind both events before I can do anything about it. Once a heel, always a heel..."; ALS, 2pp., on his personal letterhead, New York, "Tuesday" [n.d.] "...This has been a day of crises, but I don't care Freedmen phoned from Maine either because he had been told to or had got word of my letter. I rather think the former. I didn't want him to take her take her tack and then have to break[?] them down[illeg.] as I didn't let him talk for a while -- my wind is wandering - that is from Elwood's part - I didn't let him say anything but gave it to him full in the tush. I told him I'd play the part or no one would. I don't think I'll have any more trouble there..."; TLS, 1p. 8vo., on Jupiter Island Club letterhead, Hobe Sound, Fla., "Sunday" [n.d.] "I just tried to phone form the club and there was a delay of an hour or two. I suppose the Miami bookies are using the wires..."; ALS, 1p. 8vo., on Jupiter Island Club letterhead, Hobe Sound, Fla., "Tuesday" [n.d.]. "...The place is growing social with the arrival of new cohorts. It is fun watching them come and to. 'Harvey' is my password and once they learn I'm a rabbit fancier they want to hear all about it. I think they look on me as Mr. Broadway having being the father of such a nice play. It is really amusing. Everyone has seen in one city or the other, some both companies, and all adore it..."; ALS, 1p. 4to.,on 48th Street Theatre letterhead, New York, "Saturday", [n.d.]. "...I drove down alone this evening for Jimmy [Stewart]'s farewell. It's a long drive alone. Gong back after the show I'll have a retiring and an evening chauffer as company, the latter a protégé of the former. I wish you had a smashing play with a beautiful part. You deserve it because you know your stuff so well...". Much more fine content. Overall very good condition.

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