Dramatist in America: Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958

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stage I naturally want you to play Joan in the picture also, and you assure me that you wish to do so, and will do so if it can possibly be arranged. In return for this assurance I give you my word that I will not put the play on the market without your consent, but will hold the rights in the hope that you and I together may be able to work out a project for producing the picture ourselves. If, during the course of the New York run of the play, or later, we agree that it is better to sell the play, then I shall be free to sell it, but not otherwise. It is also understood between us that if you are satisfied with my handling of the picture rights you will add a month of playing time to the contract you are signing with the Playwrights' Company, making the contract for eight months, including rehearsals.


Maxwell Anderson

Agreed to 2

On the day of the present letter Anderson's diary (T) notes: "Lunch with Ingrid at studio. Talk of doing the [Joan] picture ourselves."
Appended for Miss Bergman's signature. She agreed to these terms and, according to the 1945 diary, signed a contract embodying them on May 7: "Ingrid and I drove to the beach. Sitting in the sand she signed the contracts--changing the dates to May 7." This was the second in a long line of contracts that extended well into the next year. Joan of Lorraine went into rehearsal on October 3, 1946, and as late as June 21 the 1946 diary (T) shows Anderson still negotiating the length of playing time in Miss Bergman's contract, with him then insisting on not less than four months.


[ Los Angeles, California]

May 24, 1945

Dear Bob, Sam, Elmer & John-- 1

Since I'm still working on revisions that I want to talk over with Ingrid I'm not returning quite as soon as I hoped, and I want to make one point in this encyclical argument of ours. I can't for the life of me see why Bob should regard the Playwrights' Company "as a sort of agreeable club" in case one member of the company wanted the


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