Lot #699
Tod Browning Typed Letter Signed

Extremely rare and desirable letter from Browning, signed the year he directed Freaks

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Estimate: $2000+


Extremely rare and desirable letter from Browning, signed the year he directed Freaks

TLS, one page, 7 x 9, personal letterhead, November 26, 1932. A letter of recommendation from Tod Browning, who writes: "For the past two and one-half years Hugh Murrey Cummings has been in my employ. During this time I have found him to be a diligent and conscientious worker and at no time could his honesty be questioned. Upon his re-admittance to the United States it is my intention that Mr. Cummings will reenter my employ.” The letter is matted and framed with a vintage Clarence Sinclair Bull portrait of Browning to an overall size of 23 x 19.25; moreover, the matting itself has been impressively and creatively cut to display a spooky nighttime rendering of Dracula’s castle. In fine condition. Browning remains rare across all signed formats, with this being just our third item and the very first letter we have offered from the influential filmmaker. Furthermore, this example is made all the more significant given that it was written in 1932, the same year Browning released the cult classic Freaks, a film widely considered to be the director's magnum opus.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #643 - Ended September 14, 2022

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