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INTER-OFFICE COMMUNICATION

SELZNICK INTERNATIONAL PICTURES, INC.
CULVER CITY, CALIF.

TO: Russell Birdwell

SUBJECT: Louella Parsons

FROM: D.O.S.

DATE: Sept. 23, 1936

Herewith copy of letter received from Loella. Please note
the points I have made in the answer to Loella and bear them
in mind in talking to and dealing with other newspaper people.

DOS

dos.v


September 23, 1936

Miss Louella O. Parsons
Motion Picture Department
Universal Service, Inc.
321 Los Angeles Railway Building
Los Angeles, California

Dear Louella:

Thank you for your letter with enclosures from fans
of GONE WITH THE WIND. I found these letters most
interesting, and would be very grateful if you would
send along any others as they arrive.

Certainly I want to be, as always, guided largely by
the public's wishes, and I can think of no better way
of learning what these wishes are than through your
column. However, if you care to, you might explain
the following:

1. With such a wide difference of opinion even among
your own readers, everybody cannot be made happy with
my final choice of cast.

2. Stars are under contract to different studios, and
however much I might like to obtain this or that player,
it is more often than not, impossible.

3. I am hopeful that there will be no condemnation in
advance of any decisions I may make, and no fears in
advance as to how faithful I may be with the story.

I refer you to my productions of DAVID COPPERFIELD,
TALE OF TWO CITIES, LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY,
etc., as
to the reverence with which I treat important original
material, and the accuracy with which I attempt
to cast.

If you will bear with me, and ask your readers to, I can
promise them as faithful a job as it is within my powers
and talents to achieve.

Cordially yours,

dos/v