Typed Letter Signed, on "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inter-office Communication" stationery, 4to, April 15, 1966
by PECKINPAH, SAM
Referring to Steve McQueen and the 1965 film, "The Cincinnati Kid," Peckinpah discusses expenses incurred during his time directing that movie. "I received a billing regarding projection costs on the running of Cincinnati Kid. This is not a Latigo [production company name] expense as I ran the picture at the express invitation of Martin Ransohoff [producer of this and many successful films]. This, plus fact that Jacques Bar told me some weeks ago that 'Caravans' would be submitted to Steve McQueen (it has been) and I was still in the process o re-writing the script, makes me feel that I am not liable in any case for the cost of running." He requests at itemization of "the rest of the expenses...." His correspondent most likely circled this second paragraph and wrote the name, "Dave." Peckinpah ends cordially and signs in full, "Sam Peckinpah." Included is a copy of the itemized expenses titled, "Latigo Productions Open Item Statement." Peckinpah started shooting "The Cincinnati Kid" in black and white as he wanted but was fired the the producer, Ransohoff. According to the New York Times report on Dec. 8, 1964, Ransohoff threw out all of the footage from the first week of shooting and replaced Pekcinpah with Norman Jewison. The controversy had to do with filming a nude scene. Peckinpah letters on the making of a film are uncommon, and this one holds particular interest regarding his stint directing "The Cincinnati Kid." Condition: two punch holes on top of both pages, stapled together, otherwise fine.
(Inventory #: 4632)
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