to that effect, but I see any failure to go along with the playwright's wishes as an absolute denial of the company's basic agreement.
P.S. Just one more word. You say that one of the objects of the Plawrights' Company is "to produce their own plays without the conflict that has so often ensued between the manager and the playwright." This present argument, as I see it, is a conflict between a playwright and his producer, made all the more galling because he is committed to one producer, and committed in order to avoid just such conflicts.
[ Los Angeles, California]
April 23, 1945
Since I find myself unable, because of a rule of the Dramatists' Guild, to promise you any part of the picture rights in A Girl from Lorraine, or even to promise legally that you will play the part of Joan in the picture, I want to assure you personally that I shall do everything I can to make certain that you do play that part and that you play it under the conditions you prefer. It needs no contract to bind me to this. I'd be a fool not to insist on having you if you're available. Nobody else could do the play or the picture to my satisfaction.
I know, too, that you are making considerable financial sacrifice