play this year. You and I have no contract legally because of the
interference of Mr. Dan. Yet I am not showing the play to Kate. I am
going to wait for you. You are the one for Joan. --Considering these
things don't you owe it to me to allow an immediate picture sale?
Please let me know at once how you feel about this?
Originally scheduling Joan of Lorraine for production in the fall of 1945, Anderson had to postpone the production until the following fall in order to
accommodate Miss Bergman's motion picture schedule (during 1945-46 she made The
Bells of St. Mary's, Spellbound, Saratoga Trunk, and Notorious).
Miss Bergman did not consent to an immediate picture sale, and Joan of Arc (the
motion picture adapted from Joan of Lorraine) was not made until 1947-48, with Miss Bergman in the title role.
144. TO S. N. BEHRMAN
October 26, 1945
Forgive me for being so late in thanking you for that note about
my play. The note came in time to save me from an overwhelmingly
adverse vote--and I know that you wrote it at a time when you were
desperately trying to do something with your own play. At the
moment I'm wondering whether I shouldn't give up on that one--and
not go any further toward a production. A playwright is always
caught between the need to protect his own concept and the need for
criticism. He must have both--and when to fight for his concept and
when to give up--who can decide except the madman in between?
I was sorry I couldn't come down to see your play. I want to see
you soon, anyway. My best (I slip this in slyly) to Elia.
Behrman Dunnigan's Daughter, then having a try-out run in Washington, was
produced by the Theatre Guild and directed by Elia Kazan. Anderson supported Behrman in his wish to have the Guild produce the play, but other members of the Playwrights' Company objected, and the controversy led to Behrman's resignation from
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Book title: Dramatist in America:Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958.
Contributors: Laurence G. Avery - Editor, Maxwell Anderson - Author.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1977.
Page number: 202.
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