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Lot 329

Bogart, Humphrey (1899-1957) Academy Award winning actor, best known for playing tough guys. Typed Letter Signed, Garden of Allah Hotel, Hollywood, California, February 10, 1936. 1 page, quarto. Addressed to Mr. Fleishman in the Gilbert Miller Office in New York. Bogart writes: "In the preparation of my 1935 income tax return, it is necessary that I know the total amount of money paid me during 1935 for my services in 'Petrified Forest'. I shall appreciate your sending me this information in care of my business managers' office, and enclose herewith for your convenience in replying an addressed envelope." Bogart signs boldly in green ink. One rust mark from a paper clip in upper left corner, and a fold runs lightly through the top of five letters in the signature, else Very Fine.

When he wrote this letter, Bogart was in Hollywood to make the movie for The Petrified Forest. He had starred in the Broadway show with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis in 1935, playing a desperado. It was his first role as a tough guy, and the show ran for 181 performances. When Warner Bros. decided to make a movie of the show, they wanted Edward G. Robinson for the bad guy, but Leslie Howard threatened to drop out of the project if Bogart were not used. Howard won, and it was a break-through role for Bogart, the first of many tough guys he would play. In gratitude for Leslie Howard's thoughtfulness, Bogart named his daughter Leslie.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 4,000.


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