Lot 79: Roland Young "Topper" Gets a Letter
October 29, 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: [THEATRE & FILM] Matty (A.E. Matthews OBE) (1869-1960) English actor who played numerous character roles on the stage and in film for eight decades. Nicknamed "Matty", he was christened Alfred Edward Matthews. He was affectionately regarded by the British public over his extraordinarily long career. From World War II until his death he enjoyed renown as one of British cinema's most famous crotchety, and sometimes rascally, old men. Matthews' other most well-known films include The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Million Pound Note (with Gregory Peck), Inn for Trouble, The Magic Box, The Ghosts of Berkeley Square and Just William's Luck. Offered here is a 2-page ALS, signed "Matty" to his friend, and fellow actor, Roland Young [1887-1953] besy membered for his role as Topper. Dated Feb. 26 , no year. "Dear Roland. Yours of the 22nd came this morning, how it cheered me! I mean to hear from you, and your dear girl friend - and within 4 days. Never write a book (but you should!). I have given 96 copies away and the publishers have sold two - All I am looking forward to is to come to New York and play once again with you. I have done some 5 pictures (just bits) which has kept me going. At present ........ and drinking Gin from morning till night - [On other side] Well this week. I journey from Cottage to Windsor. At 7:30 AM to reherse in Lonsdales But for the grace of God. With the reps. The pay doesn't pay for the petrol which is 4/6 a gallon. I have so much I would like to talk to you both about, in your lovely Digs. I just love New York. I have turned down many plays here. Should I do one it will have to be with you! We both send our love to you both. God bless. Matty." V
Condition Report: VG