Document: dbr066 [view transcript]
Letter: Washington D.C. to Charles Henry Douglass, Macon, Georgia, 1926 Feb. 15
author: Dudley, Sherman H., ca. 1870-1940
extent:  p.
date: February 15, 1926
summary: Letter from Sherman H. Dudley, African American vaudevillian, actor in the 1922 film Easy Money and later president of the white-owned, Philadelphia-based Colored Players Film Corporation, to Charles Henry Douglass, African American entrepreneur and owner of the Douglass Theatre, dated February 15, 1926, regarding his plans to make personal appearances to promote the film Easy Money. Dudley informs Douglass that he will be promoting his film with personal appearances for a limited time and reminds Douglass of the large amount of business that he played to before his tour. He explains that he presents a musical show with eighteen people, adding that he carries his own agent and advertises heavily. Dudley proposes to split the profits fifty-fifty, explaining that he does not want Douglass to pay him or guarantee him and lose money. He reminds Douglass that while this act is not his big show, Ebony Follies, it is his personal appearance with the film Easy Money and a "red hot company." He asks Douglass to reply at once (see [dbr046] of the Douglass Theatre Web site to view the circular for the film). Easy Money, released in 1921, was one of only two comedies released by REOL Productions Corporation, a white-owned, New York City based film company that released ten films for African Americans from 1920 to 1924.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
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[Note: This document contains typewritten, handwritten, and printed text.]
WASHINGTON, D. C.]
[typewritten text: 15 February 1926]
[written text: Chas. [Charles] Douglass
Macon, Ga. [Georgia]]
[typewritten text: Dear Sir:
I have decided to start South with my picture and my personal appearance and play a limited amount of Time South. I am sure you know of the large amount of business I played to before on my Tour.
I have surrounded myself with a musical Tab of 18 people and a real show, I carry my own Agent and bill heavy. I do not know at this writing just what date I can play you, but all that I careto [care to] know just now is: Will you play the attraction at a 50-50 basis. I want to gamble with you as I dont want you to pay me nor guarantee me and lose money. You have the house and I have the attraction.
Dont get this confused with my Ebony Follies as this is not the Big Show, but it is S. H. Dudley's personal appearance with his picture EASY MONEY and a red hot company. Let me hear from you at once.
[Signed] [written text: S H Dudley]