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March 20, 1937:

I SAW TESTS OF THREE SOUTHERN GIRLS STOP NONE OF THEM BOWLED ME OVER
BUT OFTHEM ALICIA RHETT SEEMED OT HAVE THE MOST CHARM AND PICTORIAL
POSSIBILITIES STOP DIFFICULT TO DECIDE ABOUT FALLIGANT GIRL WHOSE
GENERAL GETUP DIDNT DO HER LOOKS ANY GOOD IF SHE HAS ANY STOP NOT MUCH
IMPRESSED BY ROBERT GIRL STOP SHOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHETHER YOU THINK
STILL WISE PLAN TO BRING GIRLS FROM THE SOUTH PREFERABLY ONE FRON
EACH STATE FOR BARBEQUE SCENE STOP IT SEEMS TO ME VERY WISE IDEA IF IT
CAN BE WORKED OUT AT NOT TOO MUCH EXPENSE AND ON THIS PHASE WOULD LIKE
TO HAVE FIGURES FROM YOU ON SALARY PLUS EXPENSES TOGETHER WITH WHETHER
WE COULD WORK IT OUT TO SIGN THEM UP WITH SUFFICIENT LEEWAY
WITHOUT US HAVING TO CARRY THEM FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME WHEN NOT USING
THEM STOP MY THOUGHT WOULD BE TO HAVE LEEWAY OF SEVERAL MONTHS S
TO START THEM AND GIVE THEM A GUZRANTEE OF PERHAPS FOUR OR FIVE WEEKS
OUT OF EIGHT WEEK PERIOD OR PERHAPS A SIX WEEKS GUARANTEE OUT OF TEN
WEEK PERIOD STOP OPTIONS IN EACH CASE IN THE EVENT ONE OR MORE TURNED
OUT WORTH HANGING ONTO STOP PLEASE DISCUSS WITH GEORGE AND TELL HIM I
FEEL FIRST THAT WE ARE GOING TO NEED A LOT OF SOUTHERN GIRLS TO RUN THRU
THE PICTURE AND WILL BE DIFFICULT TO GET FARLY DECENT LOOKING GIRLS
AND DOUBLY DIFFICULT TO GET ANY WHO SPEAK WITH TRACE OF SOUTHERN ACCENT
STOP ALSO FEEL YOUR IDEA INVOLVES EXCELLENT PUBLICITY FOR THE SOUTH
AND ALSO GOOD PLAN TO GET SOUTH ON OUR SIDE STOP FOR THESE TWO
REASONS, AND ALSO AS INSIRANCE POLICY AGAINST ANY REACTION SHOULD
GEORGES TRIP PROVE FRUITLESS OF PERSONALITIES, AND SHOULD WE ENGAGE
NO SOUTHERN ACTORS STOP THE MORE I THINK OF IT I FEEL THE PLAN IS AN
EXCELLENT ONE AND THAT GEORGES TRIP SOUTH COULD BE ANNOUNCED AS,
AMONG OTHER PURPOSES, SELECTING GROUP OF SOUTHERN GIRLS STOP BY GOING
THRU WITH THIS WE WOULD REALLY ANSWER ALL CRITICISMS PAST AND FUTURE
INCIDENTALLY I AM EMBARRASSED WITH THE COMPANY BY THE SERIES OF
QUESTIONS ASKED THE GIRLS ON THESE TESTS AND MANNER OF THEIR ASKING
AND I THINK WE SHOULD DEVISE A REGULAR FORM FOR THIS PURPOSE AND HAVE
THE QUESTIONS ASKED BY SOMEONE CIVILIZED

IN GOING OVER THE ABOVE MATERS WITH GEORGE SIMPLEST WAY MIGHT BE FOR HIM
TO READ THIS TELETYPE.