American film actor; starred in The Public Enemy and Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Typewritten Letter Signed, Jim, one page, quarto, April 17, 1974. On his name imprinted stationery, Beverly Hills, California, to Ann Ford in Huntington, Massachusetts.
“I assume by this time you are happily ensconced at The Wrens. It would be just the right time of year to watch the Spring flowers come in as you strolled about your domain.
“The bash, as you noted, went very well and I’m glad that John and your sister enjoyed it. And now I’ll be heading back to anonymity with all dispatch. We will be making our usual trek sometime next month, just when, we are not sure.
“So you were dancing at the Crossroads and the little priest stopped your cavorting! That had to be in a nightmare because the current crop of boys who sport the cloth, I understand, do a little dancing on their own. Pat O’Brien told a story a few nights ago – here it is: An Irish woman went to the parish priest and said, ‘Father, as you know, I have eleven children and mustn’t have anymore. What do you think of the pill?’ And he said, ‘Well, you know, the Holy Father frowns on its use.’ She asked, ‘What will I do?’ And he asked, ‘Have you tried the rhythm method?’ And she said, ‘Rhythm? Where in the name of God would I get a brass band at two o’clock in the morning?!’
“I talked to Frank Sullivan and he seems to have recovered from his recent indisposition.
“I’m beginning to get a suspicion that I’ve written all this to you before – that is, except the O’Brien story. If I have, please forgive me.
“Well, girl, good to hear from you. My very best to John and your sister and I’ll be in touch along the way.”
The Pat O’Brien referred to in this letter is James Cagney’s longtime friend and fellow actor. The two friends starred in a total of nine films together including Here Comes The Navy and Angels With Dirty Faces.
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