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Hollywood History: Everett Crosby Telegram

In June of 1940, Hollywood agent Everett Crosby (brother of Bing Crosby) send a friendly telegram to his client, director Victor Schertzinger.

According to a series of letters, Schertzinger was a bit annoyed by the lack of work after his last picture. So Crosby was actively trying to find him another gig.


The telegram reads:

Didn’t write because knew you were busy on picture. However you have not been out of my mind. Been working on couple deals here for you at Universal and will have information Monday. Had conference Wednesday with Freeman and Paramount here regarding your situation. They are happy with Rhythm. Will have information on this also first of week regarding your layoff and another immediate picture so out of sight is not of mind. Any agent who will not split is lousy. However this will not make me a LOU$E. Tell him that Pops. You will hear from me Monday or Tuesday. Everything here fine. Florence sends love. Regards Everett

1020 am

Crosby Letter

Given that you paid for telegrams by the word, this one must have cost him a few bucks. Love the line about not being a louse. Does anyone still use that word?

“Rhythm” is a reference to Rhythm on the River, a Bing Crosby movie that Victor had just directed.

Victor never did go over to Universal. He finished his career with four more pictures at Paramount.

Crosby envelope

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