George M. Cohan manuscript and signed photograph
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("George M. Cohan") in pencil, 3 pp, legal folio, n.p., n.d., being an essay titled "Hollywood." In this essay, Cohan explores the differences between Broadway and Hollywood, and surprisingly, seems sympathetic of the movie industry's system. In part: "The Broadway fellow imagines his being 'pushed about,' under rated, that his judgment is being questioned every time he sees the picture fellows run into a huddle. / He stands by and wonders what all the 'sitting in' sessions and conferences have to do with the writing or presenting of a play. / He doesn't stop to consider that these men have been working this way for years and that every screen writer is schooled to believe that the other fellows judgment is as good or better than his own. This whole idea turns turtle in the mind of the Broadway theatre fellow."
Together with signed photograph ("Geo M Cohan"), silver print portrait of a young Cohan with arms crossed, photographer's imprint ("Hall's Studio / 1456-58-60 Broadway") to lower mount.
8 x 10 in
Provenance: estate of Charles Williamson and Tucker Fleming.