“I am working very hard on this new picture, ‘The Maltese Falcon’… I like the script, the cast,…and most of all, my own part, that of a detective”
Exceptional TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, July 13, 1941. Letter to his fan club members addressed “Dear Kids.” In full: “It’s pretty wonderful to think that the fourth [‘anniversary’ added in another hand] edition of the ‘Broadcast’ is coming out and to realize how much it has grown and I want to thank our president, Eloise, and all of you other loyal fans, who have helped to make it such a success. I am working very hard on this new picture, ‘The Maltese Falcon.’ It is a straight part, the lead, and my nose is kept right to the grind-stone, as I am in every single ‘shot,’ but I like the script, the cast, the direction, and most of all, my own part, that of a detective. Mayo and I have had only one chance to get away for a week-end on the ‘Sluggy,’ but that certainly seemed grand. Again, with many, many thanks to you all for your loyal support and with my very best wishes to you.” In fine condition, with a couple of stray red ink marks near bottom, affecting nothing. Along with High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, in which Bogie portrayed Sam Spade, propelled him into stardom as a leading man. The film also cemented a lifelong relationship between Bogart and John Huston, who directed the actor in three more films, including Key Largo and The African Queen. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.