Autograph Note Signed. Jules E. BRULATOUR.

Autograph Note Signed.

One of the other possible inspirations for Charles Foster Kane in Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" was this pioneering American silent film producer and all-around tycoon. Brief ANS, 1p, 7" X 6½", Paris, France, 1920 (OR "1930") July 17. Addressed to Irving Schwerke (1893-1975), American expatriate pianist and music critic. Fine. On embossed red letterhead of the hotel "George V," Brulatour notes: "Your write up was marvelous, & we are very grateful to you. We would be so happy if you would come over Friday and dine with us We will have two friends from home. We will go to the Folles Bergere afterwards...." Although the date of this letter is debatable, surprisingly, either option makes perfect sense. If dated 1920, this letter is quite intriguing, for Brulatour's second wife was singer, actress and "Titanic" survivor Dorothy Gibson (1889-1946), for whom Brulatour left his first wife and married in 1917. The first Mrs. Brulatour managed to get get their union annulled as invalid in 1919 -- after which, according to one source, "a humiliated Dorothy Gibson [left] New York shortly thereafter to live in relative peace and anonymity in Paris." This letter appears to prove that Brulatour followed her there, perhaps to help reestablish her singing career. She had appeared in some Metropolitan Opera House productions in the teens, and Schwerke appears to have favorably reviewed a singing appearance she made in Paris. Their post-marriage dalliance did not last, however, for Brulatour married silent film actress Hope Hampton (1897-1982) in 1923, a union that lasted until his death. If this letter is dated 1930 -- the more likely scenario -- it's still quite interesting, for Hampton's film career died with the silent films and her husband bought her way into opera. She debuted with the Philadelphia Grand Opera in 1928 to disastrous reviews, and in 1930 was touring in a production of Massenet's "Manon." Schwerke might easily have seen Hampton's performance and reviewed it in one of the music publications of the day. In either case, a superb example of this uncommon autograph. Item #25164

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