New York City
October 20, 1945
Dear Ingrid-- 1
This is a business letter which I don't like to write, but it has to be done sometime, so here goes. Victor Samrock tells me that the contract which you signed to do Joan is not acceptable to Actors Equity--the actors' union in New York--and that therefore I really have no contract with you to do the play. Equity objects to some of the clauses inserted by Mr. Dan. I'm asking Victor to redraw the contract in a way that Equity will accept, and send it to you for your signature.
Also, now that the play is definitely off until next year I would like to make a pre-production sale to pictures. It's not, as you know, my fault that the production is delayed, and I would frankly like to make an income out of it this year. All your conditions could be met. According to the rules of the Dramatists' Guild the bidding would have to be open among all the major companies, but it would be possible to retain for you the choice of the director, the producer and any other control you desired. You could have any salary you wanted to name. I am quite certain, and so is Harold Freedman, that we could get a very large price for the picture rights now. After the opening the price would depend somewhat on how the play was received.
You know how much I want you to do both the play and the picture. You are the Joan I hope for. And I know you want to do it. But it's not good business or even good friendship to have no contract, as at present, so we must get, that matter settled. --To show my good faith in the matter let me say this. Kate Hepburn is in town and anxious to do a play. She has always wanted to do Joan. She will play a play a whole season and then on the road. She does not demand a quarter of the author's share in the picture rights. She could do the