Letter 043, pg. 1
To Gladys Unger, a friend from the Hollywood Studio Club
July 6, 1937
I was very glad to hear from you and terribly sorry to learn that you had been seriously ill. I do hope that you have recovered completely.
I have thought of you often and I have also thought about the “Serf-Actress”.[*] I quite agree with you on it. I had the same fear, that the outline as we had it, was not quite modern enough for the Broadway I have seen and know better than I did before I came here. I still think it is a good idea and a very interesting theme that has a good play in it. But you are quite right, there is nothing I could do about it now. It isn’t that I have lost interest, but that I do not see even a remote possibility of when I could come back to Hollywood. I have been in one mad rush after another, ever since I came to New York, and as things look now I have more rushes awaiting me this winter. Of course, one can never tell, everything changes so quickly and is so uncertain in the writing game, but at present it looks to me as if I’m tied to New York for another season.
So it is only fair if I release any interest I may have had in the “Serf-Actress” and do not hold you up on it any longer, since you want to proceed on it yourself. No, I do not want to take any percentages or royalties on it, because I don’t feel that I have put enough time and work into it to warrant a percentage. If you remember, I was busy on other things when we were working on our outline and I never could devote to it the time I would have liked to devote. Besides, it is your own idea and you may put a great deal of work into it before it is ready as a play. Since I was to write the play and have not been able to carry it out, I do not feel that I am entitled to share in the royalties. So you may consider this an official release of any claims I may have on the “Serf-Actress”, whether you use parts of our outline or not.
I am very sorry that I was not able to carry it out, but I do think it is best if you