the contract he is in sole charge of all phases of the work and will hire his own writers and actors. I have no contract with him nor with the company but he has assured me many times that he is going to do his next picture with me, and when I mentioned you in connection with the enterprise he accepted the idea at once. He seems inclined to do whatever I ask him in regard to the theme and writing of the picture and I feel sure you would be part of the unit, and at an excellent salary, if you were free when Milly returned.
You can see, though, that I am not exactly in position to promise anything. I can only say that if you can manage to wait, we will both probably have a better chance to do our own stuff than we'd ever have anywhere else.
Your suggestion of a sea picture falls in with what Junior wanted to do for the next super-super but Milly would rather not go back to the war for his next picture. At the moment I am turning over in my mind the story of a young man who has been brought up to a life of crime by an uncle or guardian who has been almost maniacally embittered against the government by some past injustice. The youth rejects this mode of life and, in running away, falls in with tramps, among whom there are yegg-men. 2 By chance he is thrust into the commission of a crime--say a bank robbery--and is the one who is caught and held for murder. By chance, also, this same crime was directed by the aforesaid guardian, who discovers the plight of the boy and is obliged to choose between his own death and that of his ward. The love story might concern the daughter of the old man involved.
This is badly told but you see that it is a theme with a backbone and color.
I do hope you will be free and with us when we go to work--I'd feel safer and happier about the whole combination. 3