Clair, René. (1898 - 1981) [Nichols, Dudley. (1895-1960)]
Signed Letter to Dudley Nichols about "It Happened Tomorrow"
TLS, signed "René." 1 page, October 9, 1943. An interesting letter from the classic French filmmaker and writer to American screenwriter Dudley Nichols, about their script for the 1944 film It Happened Tomorrow, a fantasy directed by Clair. "As you will see, nothing important has been altered...I suppose our work was so solid that it was impossible to change its structure - like the Parthenon." Nichols (1895 - 1960), who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for 72 movies, won the 1936 Oscar for Best Screenwriting but refused the award due to the ongoing Screen Writers Guild strike. Light folding creases; overall in fine condition. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm).
Although It Happened Tomorrow was far from Clair's favorite, he was later to write that "[t]he last twenty minutes are the best thing I did in Hollywood."