William S. Hart, Jr. Typed Retained Copies, Not Signed.

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Collection of five typed letters printed on beige paper by William S. Hart, Jr. Two of the letters are exact copies. 8 1/2" x 11." Letters are not signed by Hart. Letters are very clean and intact. William S. Hart, Jr. (1922-2004) was the son of Winifred Westover (1899-1978), a Hollywood actress, and William S. Hart (1864-1946), a film and stage actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. William S. Hart, Sr. is best-known for his starring roles in Western silent films of the 1910s and 1920s and was a prominent film actor in his time. William S. Hart, Jr. went on to champion his father's legacy and also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, during World War II and became a professor of business and finance classes at UCLA, USC, and Santa Monica College. The following are brief descriptions of the letters contained in this collection which are demarcated by date: Sept. 22, 1949, Santa Monica, CA. Two pages. Addressed to John Ford, a director of Western movies, in Hollywood, CA. In this letter, William S. Hart, Jr. asks Ford if he could help him obtain a non-acting position that might lead to a writing or directing role in a movie studio. Hart talks about financial troubles relating to his father's will and tells Ford about his academic accomplishments and job experience including the time he worked for the OSS. Oct. 16, 1949, Santa Monica. Two copies. One page each. Addressed "To Whom it may concern." Hart writes about how he had returned from war service to Horseshoe Ranch, his father's estate, only to find his father in ailing health and there being legal issues with the property. He recommends Mr. and Mrs. Shank as overseers of the estate because they had looked after it while Hart was in service. Nov. 5, 1949, Santa Monica. Two pages. Addressed to Darryl F. Zanuck, a film producer and studio executive, at the Fox Hills Studio (Twentieth Century Fox) in Los Angeles, CA. Hart tells Zanuck that he had recently met with Ford, and Ford had referred him to Zanuck for a potential job position. Hart states his job qualifications and says he does not want to capitalize on his father's success. At the end of the letter, Hart asks if Zanuck would be open to an interview. Nov. 5, 1949, Santa Monica. One page. Addressed to John Ford in Culver City, CA. Hart thanks Ford for meeting with him, giving him advice, and helping him in his search for a job.