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    Clark Gable on Duck Hunting, 1938 Typed letter signed, "Clark," 2 pages, 6.75" x 10", on his personal letterhead, November 15, 1938 to his friend Jimmy Robinson of Sports Afield magazine. Gable writes in part, "I have alibis and this isn't an alibi-ing letter. I feel as though I have a fairly good excuse for not having written sooner. I arrived home Sunday morning going directly from the station to the studio and haven't been idle one day since then. This has been the busiest and most difficult picture I have ever made. Still have three weeks to go. I am writing this between shots on the stage..." At the time Gable was completing the production for Idiot's Delight and preparing for his defining role as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Despite the rush, he takes a moment to muse about a duck hunting trip in Minnesota, "...Needless to say I had a marvelous time up there with you and all the fellows from Minneapolis. Haven't been duck shooting down here but once. There were no ducks as usual. The pictures they send to me I have distributed around among the local duck hunters just to let them know there are ducks in some parts of the country. When I told Harry Fleishman about the canvass back and mallards he looked at me with a rather dubious eye, however, having seen as many as I did I had a convincing ring in my voice, I know, because all the guys here now are saying, 'when you go up there again take me with you..." More fine content. Gable would begin shooting on the set of Gone with the Wind in early 1939. Very light horizontal folds, otherwise in excellent condition. Simply matted and ready for framing. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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