Letters, Sep. 16, 1935

  • Springboard & Fancy


    It's no guarantee of an honest cinema for scenario writers to draw their inspiration from something personally or socially true. But it often helps. For the picture, tentatively called The Baby Market and starring Barbara Stanwyck, we were ignited originally by a story in TIME (May 20). What resulted is wholly fictional, but we feel it only decent to credit you with the factual floor-work, the springboard into fancy.

    And we believe it's an enormous dividend on a $5 investment. Again thanks for your vivid reportage.



    Paramount Productions, Inc. Hollywood, Calif.

    In its May 20 issue TIME told the story of The Cradle, Evanston, Ill. baby home from which many a bigwig has adopted children.—ED.

    Thing of Beauty


    . . . The only reaction I had from the cover on TIME, Aug. 19, was that it was a thing of beauty.

    I believe the majority of your readers were not insulted by the picture of Jean Harlow.

    Give us more beauty.

    L. S. EHRMAN

    Louisville, Ky.


    I am surprised TIME'S sensitive readers did not threaten to withdraw their subscriptions when they were startled by gazing at shapely Jean Harlow. TIME'S rejoinder was proper. . . .

    LEWIS HELTERMAN Brooklyn, N. Y.


    I have just read Verna's and Richard's and Robert's letters in your Sept. 2 issue taking you to task for putting Jean Harlow in your front window. Persons with such silly ideas shouldn't indulge themselves in writing. Poor souls! Why "take on" so!

    E. E. RICH

    Lawrenceville, N. J.


    . . . Jean Harlow's picture on TIME was pretty swell.

    L. A. MOORE JR.

    E. Liverpool, Ohio

    Lively Dothan


    . . . Dothan not being even a village when President Roosevelt was born and now having a population of more than 16,000 certainly could not be a "drowsy town" [TIME, Sept. 2]. At any rate, any traveling salesman will tell you that New York, Atlanta and Dothan are the three best towns he knows.

    I am not the secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce, nor even a member of the Rotary Club, merely the local bankster. Since this particular bank easily survived the Depression, my statement as to Dothan's being a lively town is most apt to be very conservative, and I hope you will correct the statement that Dothan is an old and sleepy Southern town, as delightful as such places are.

    W. D. MALONE

    Vice President and Cashier The First National Bank of Dothan Dothan, Ala.


    The Dothan Eagle of which Julian Hall is editor is the pride & joy of all newsmen who know it. It is one of the few papers in the U. S. which cannot be influenced by its advertisers. Let Blumberg & Sons or Montgomery Ward, its leading advertisers, paint their store fronts and they will be told politely to include the information in their advertising. Let someone attempt to purchase the influence or prestige of the paper and he will forcibly be removed from the office.

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