Bundle of correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/1/349
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 RDR10-19.
  • Dates of Creation
      26 Jul 1945-31 Jul 1947
  • Physical Description
      12 pieces; 13 leaves.

Scope and Content

With Lord (Joseph Arthur) Rank (1888-1972), executive producer and founder of the Rank Organization. Topics covered include: arrangements for a viewing of the film The Good Samaritan by Ernest Irving and Sydney Gausden, for which RD has been asked to provide the commentary in 1945; a speech made by RD on 26 March 1946; Rank's proposal that RD act in and co-direct a film called Uncle Silas in 1946; RD's hopes of getting the Winter Garden Theatre in 1946; and RD's decision about Precious Bane.

/8 is a copy of an unsent letter by RD, in which he sets out at length his objections to Rank's proposal for Uncle Silas, stressing that he is an actor "whose heart is in the theatre", and he is only willing to make films under conditions of complete creative freedom. He stresses that if he was to suppress his artistic conscience and sell himself entirely to films he would rather do so in a comfortable climate like California. /9 is a copy of the much shorter letter which was actually sent, in which RD requests a meeting to talk over matters.

/5-6 are copies of /4, an original letter from Rank; and /12 is another copy of /11.

Typescript with autograph.