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    John Wayne Typed letter signed, "Duke or 'Rooster'," 7" x 10" on his personal letterhead, Beverly Hills, June 1, 1975 to the great film producer Hal Wallis of Universal Studios. Wayne writes concerning ideas for a future production, "I think 'someday' is a good vehicle to move us around. I question certain methods. I have to go to Gallup, New Mexico Monday. Tuesday I am meeting with Peter McDonald, the head of the Navaho nation at Window Rock... I have a proposed story to do later on that plays on the near sighted blindness thing for humor; and it is too important to the other story for me to allow myself that predicament in this one. but I feel that an allergy like damned ragweed in the Spring starts him to sneeze, eyes water, etc. rather than the weakness of going blind. I think that attitude is wrong of him saying he wants to go back and settle down with that little lady. I think his excuses would be that he is sick and tired of Texas grub - - longs for the coon grease and corn dodgers. Maybe making cracks about 'at home with his feet under his own table,' but certainly not mentioning her. It is a bad scene to have them together at the beginning. He should still be the wary, uncertain male in order to carry on the humor of the rest of the play I just throw these things at you now. I will certainly have better arguments for discussions later..." He signs using two nicknames, the latter, form his 1975 film Rooster Cogburn, his second to last film of his career in which he appeared opposite Katherine Hepburn. Wallis, the letter's recipient, produced more than 300 films as far back as 1931 including such classics as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. The letter from the Duke references Wallis' final effort as the producer/director would pass away shortly after the completion Rootser Cogburn. In excellent condition with a dark, bold signature. Nicely matted with wood accents with a portrait of Wayne. A true piece of Hollywood history! From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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