SAM WOOD

SAM WOOD. TLS, 1 p., 4to, Hollywood, November 3, 1943. In full: “I have autographed the enclosed stamps. It is quite a nice hobby. Lately, I’ve only had time to make pictures; I do however enjoy playing golf and swimming, and do so at every opportunity – also enjoy seeing a game of football or baseball – in fact, I take pleasure in doing most anything I find time to do. Good luck.” Very good condition, with expected mailing folds and scattered noticeable creasing and wrinkling, much of which could be matted out. Director Sam Wood was at the helm for fifty films over a three-decade Hollywood career. Workmanlike and efficient rather than visionary, he nonetheless won three Oscar nominations, for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), Kitty Foyle (1940), and Kings Row (1942). He also directed two of the Marx Brothers’ biggest hits, A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937). He did not, however, get along well with the brothers. When he groused on the set of one film, “You can’t make a good movie with the Marx Brothers, ” Groucho reportedly snapped back, “And you can’t make a good director out of Wood.”

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