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Letter: Arlington, Florida to William M. Smith, Macon Georgia, 1925 Dec. 2

author: Norman, Richard E., 1891-1961
extent: [1] p.
date: December 2, 1925
summary: Letter from Richard E. Norman, head of Norman Film Manufacturing Company, a Jacksonville-based, white independent film company active from 1921 to 1926 that specialized in outdoor adventure films for African American audiences, to William M. Smith, manager of the Douglass Theatre, dated December 2, 1925, regarding scheduling of film rentals. Acknowledging that Smith will not be able to show The Crimson Skull because of another feature booked on the same date, Norman suggests December 15th or 16th as a more convenient date to show The Crimson Skull or The Green Eyed Monster. He adds that Steve Reynolds, a one-legged star, will come to advertise the films. Norman asks that Smith specify date and feature on a signed contract and promises to rush advertising materials on receipt. The western, The Crimson Skull, was released in 1921 and featured Anita Bush, Lawrence Chenault, Steve Reynolds, and Bill Pickett, a world champion rodeo rider. The Green Eyed Monster, also released in 1921, starred Jack Austin and Louise Dunbar and was based on the story, "The Man Who Could Turn White."
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 19
folder: 169
item: 42

Smith, William M., theater manager
Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Jacksonville (Fla.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Norman Film Manufacturing Company
Adventure films--Florida
Western films--Florida
Race in motion pictures
Race films--United States
Motion picture theaters--Georgia--Macon
Film posters--Georgia
Advertising--Motion pictures--Georgia--Macon
Commercial agents--Florida
Crimson skull (Motion picture : 1921)
Green-eyed monster (Motion picture : 1921)
Man who could turn white
Letters (correspondence)

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[Note: The Norman Studios logo appears superimposed on an image of the Arlington Plant.]

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[typewritten text: Dec. [December], 2, 1925.
New Douglas Theatre,
Macon, Ga. [Georgia]
Attention Mr. Wm. [William] M. Smith Mgr. [Manager]
Gentlemen --

We noted in your letter of Nov. [November] 22nd., your inability to play us with Crimson Skull, Dec. [December] 8th., due to the big feature already booked for that date, also your advice that you would play us later.

It would be most convenient to play you either on the date of Dec. [December], 15th or 16th., with either Crimson Skull or Green Eyed Monster. Both are full of action. Crimson Skull has a bally of guns, chaps and western curios. We expect to have Steve Reynolds along to bally. He is our one legged star.

Should you find that you can give us either one of these dates, please specify on contract your choice, also choice of attraction, and upon receipt of signed contract, we will rush advertising. We have, ones, threes, sixes, photos, slides trailers, and photos and heralds.

Thank you for early consideration and past favors, we remain,

Yours very truly,
[Signed] Norman Film Manufacturing Co. [Company], By]
[Signed] [written text: R.E. Norman]