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    Framed Irving Berlin Letter to George M. Cohan with Photo Fine content typed letter signed, "Irving," 7" x 9", [New York?], January 4, 1940 to George M. Cohan. Berlin writes in part: "As you know, the $25,000. payment due from RKO on CAREFREE will be due the end of this month. Our contract as you remember, gave them eighteen months after the opening of the picture and CAREFREE was released August 1, 1938. Is it necessary to send them a formal reminder? If so I wish you would do it. Incidentally it will be nice to get some Hollywood money again. I've missed it. My plans haven't changed very much since I last spoke to you. I am still struggling with the show but it looks not that we may get in on sometime in March. We definitely settled with [William] Gaxton and [Victor] Moore for two of the parts and I am hoping to make some kind of deal with Goldwyn for Zorina. I like the set up very much. I have no desire, at the moment, to get back to Hollywood and the chances are after 'Louisiana [sic] Purchase' which is the title of the show, is on, I will plan to do a revue for the summer. I had a long talk with Bill Goetz here and told him exactly how I felt about 'Say It With Music,' the picture I am supposed to do with Darryl. I would like very much not to do it and to take back the original story idea I had for it. The idea along with the twenty-five old songs, including the high spots of the Music Box Revue's is a very valuable piece of property and I don't want to waste it. Of course there is lots of time so I would say nothing about it for the moment... Please drop me a line regarding the RKO payment..." The film Carefree starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. Louisiana Purchase proved a greater struggle and the musical did not open on Broadway until May 28, 1940 at the Imperial Theatre and enjoyed a long run lasting 444 performances. Berlin did indeed get out of Say it with Music which was eventually released in 1949, finally produced with music by Doris Fischer and Allan Roberts. In pristine condition. Tastefully matted and framed with a photo of Berlin at the piano. A fun item linking two of the greats of entertainment! Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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