1915 typed note to a Miss Prussing regarding selling a story to "the movies"
On her Sewickley PA stationary, probably to Louise Prussing (1895-1994), a stage actress from Chicago who acted in silent films and later on did some directing. "My Dear Miss Prussing, I have not read the scenario you sent me as I find myself overwhelmed with work and not any too well. I am going to say to you however, that without giving you the exclusive rights to sell the story to 'the movies' I will be glad to have you attempt to sell it; -- all offers to be submitted to me. In case you make a satisfactory deal, I will be very glad to approve it and pay you your agent's commission of 10%. I cannot give you the exclusive rights because it has already been offered and is, I believe, under consideration by a moving picture house." This could be about any number of Rinehart works that were made into silent films: The Circular Staircase was released in 1915, "Acquitted" in 1916, three "Bab" movies in 1917, and at least two other "lost" films based on Rinehart stories came out between 1915 and 1917. Stationary measures 6.5 x 5.25 inches. In 1915 Rinehart was still madly writing in order to pay off the debt of entirely renovating a large house in Sewickley called Cassella (torn down in 1969). Very good. Item #H30496