To Gloria Swanson
September 8, 1941
Miss Gloria Swanson
501 Madison Avenue
New York City
Dear Miss Swanson:
I have seen “Father Takes a Wife” and I want to congratulate you on your magnificent performance. It was a delight to see you again on the screen. The audience cheered when your first close-up came on, so I know that everybody felt as I did.
I think R.K.O. did not do you justice in the story they gave you. There was not enough of you—and too much of the minor characters. And your personality deserved a much more startling, original kind of part. You are an individualist in every best sense of the word—and your part should have been that of some exceptional character, not of a conventional one. Your greatness lies in being so different—and your part should have matched your talent. I hope the studio will realize this in your next picture for which all of us will be waiting impatiently.
Until then—thank you for giving us a chance to see again the kind of artistry that most pictures can no longer offer us today.