HANDWRITTEN LETTER WITH GREAT CONTENT DISCUSSING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW MUSICAL ROUTINE
GORDON MACRAE (1921-86) RARE HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "Best Always, Gordon", 4-pages, 5.5 x 6.25, on The Drake Hotel Chicago stationary, Oct 9, 1970, good content about combining jokes and music in a performance, by the American actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the film versions of two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), and playing Bill Sherman in On Moonlight Bay (1951) and By The Light of the Silvery Moon (1953). In part: "...I wrote it about 2 weeks ago and forwarded it to Paramount. It probably got lost in the mail room there...I'm sorry to say that I didn't use the material. I guess that's what comes from waiting until the last minute- and trying to piece something together via long distance instead of in person. Any how some of the jokes were good - but nothing fit to the metre of the song. In other words the introductory remarks were too long...At the end of the second "Is that all there is" there should have been another joke. For example one I used in March at the Plaza "And Tiny Tim Married Miss Vicky & Spent Their Honeymoon in separate Bedrooms for 3 days. On the third day Miss Vicky Couldn't stand it any more. She Marched into Tiny's Room And there he was playin' with His Ukulele & She Said: Is that all there is. Is that all there is, if that's all there is, then the pickins are slim Tim and you can sleep out in the Hall. If that's all there is"...." Also comes with his handwritten envelope that he has signed "MacRae". Both items in good condition.