Molnar, Serlin and Wright
Autograph Note signed to photographer Alfred Eisenstadt, "With best regards...Ferenc Molnár / Gloucester, Mass. 1941"; beneath are signatures of OSCAR SERLIN, SAM JAFFE, and an inscription from actress TERESA WRIGHT.
Gloucester, Mass: 1941.
1 vols. 8vo. Molnar, Serlin and Wright. Fine Item #221791
Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952), probably the greatest playwright to come out of Hungary, was celebrated all over the world at the height of his fame in the 1920s and 30s, but is now best remembered in the West for the play LILIOM, on which Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL is based, and for adaptations of his farce THE PLAY'S THE THING, by P.G. Wodehouse and Tom Stoppard (the latter as ROUGH CROSSING). Terwsa Wright (1918-2005) leapt to fame for her role as Mary Skinner, in Oscar Serlin's production of Claren ce Day’s LIFE WITH FATHER. After a brief stint in Hollywood, acccording to Wright, Wright came back to New York, expecting to continue on stage in LIFE WITH FATHER. “Oscar Serlin put me instead into a new play of Molnar's [ALL THE KING'S MEN] which we tried out that summer. However, it needed a lot of rewriting and it couldn't go on, so that legally let me out of my contract with him, and so I was able to continue in a contract with Sam Goldwyn.”.
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