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 SEPT 25 1936
MESSRS WHITNEY WHARTON AND MISS BROWN FROM DOS
I AM ANXIOUS TO KNOW PROBABILITY FOR SALE OF GONE WITH THE WIND ABROAD
AND ESPECIALLY IN ENGLAND AND TO CONTINUE TO BE KEPT ADVISED ON THIS
BECAUSE I FEEL THAT OUR DECISION AS TO WHETHER TO CAST THE PICTURE
WITH NEW PEOPLE OR WITH STARS SHOULD BE LARGELY DEPENDENT ON THE SUCCESS
OF THE BOOK ABROAD STOP OBVIOUSLY THE PICTURE IS GOING TO BE ENORMOUSLY
EXPENSIVE AND EQUALLY OBVIOUSLY WE WILL HAVE TO GET A LARGE REURN
FROM EUROPE. IF THE BOOK IS NOT IMPORTANT ABROAD WE WILL CONSEQUENTLY
HAVE TO PROTECT OUR INVESTMENT WITH ONE OR TWO STARS IN THE PICTURE.
IF, ON THE OTHER HAND, IT IS AN EQUAL OR COMPARABLE SUCCESS ABROAD,
WE CAN ATTEMPT TO FIND NEW PEOPLE FOR DEVELOPMENT INTO STARDOM FOR
CERTAINLY AS FAR AS THIS COUNTRY IS CONCERNED, THE PICTURE REQUIRES
NO STARS TO MAKE IT AN OUTSTANDINGLY IMPORTANT ATTRACTION.