Document: dbr025  [view transcript]

Letter: [Macon, Georgia?] to Oscar Micheaux, Chicago, Illinois, 1927 Sept. 20

author: Smith, William M., theater manager
extent: [1] p.
date: September 20, 1927
summary: File copy of a letter (possibly from William M. Smith, manager of the Douglass Theatre) to Oscar Micheaux, president of the Micheaux Film Corporation, dated September 20, 1927, negotiating terms for showing a film. The letter refers to rental of The Millionaire (see [dbr027], [dbr028], and [dbr029] of the Douglass Theatre Web site). The writer explains that it will be impossible for him to play Micheaux's picture on percentage because they are playing vaudeville. He offers Micheaux seventy-five dollars for two days, mentioning that business is off. The Millionaire, released in 1927, starred Grace Smith, J. Lawrence Criner, Lionel Monagas, Cleo Desmond, Samuel T. Jacks, E. G. Tatum, and Chicago Defender editor Robert S. Abbott.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 19
folder: 173
item: 5

Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951
Micheaux Film Corporation
Motion picture theaters--Georgia--Macon
Motion picture industry
Commercial agents--Illinois--Chicago
Film posters--Georgia
Advertising--Motion pictures--Georgia--Macon
Feature films--United States
African Americans in the motion picture industry
African Americans in motion pictures
Race in motion pictures
Race films--United States
Millionaire (Motion picture : 1927)
Letters (correspondence)

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Sept. [September] 20th-27.
Mr. Oscar Micheaux,
Chicago, Ill [Illinois],
Dear Sir:

Your letter received and contract but it will be imposible [impossible] to play your picture on percentage as we are playing vaudeville, the best that I could offer you would be $75.00 for two days, I am signing contract to that effect and you can advise me so I can order paper from you at once, hoping that this will be alright [all right] as business is off and I am taking a great chance.
Wishing you much luck in business.