Universal City: 1968.
Historically important typed letter signed, 2 pages, 4to, 11 x 8.5 inches, on "Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, Inc." letterhead. Universal City, June 20, 1968. Signed with his iconic self-caricature drawing to acclaimed author and screenwriter Leon Uris. Written just weeks before Hitchcock fired Uris as the screenwriter for the motion picture "Topaz," in part: "...I have been having further thoughts about the latter bit of our yarn. I still feel we are missing an element which I think is most important for us to incorporate. This is the menace to the life of Andre Devereaux. As we have it at present, we have Jarre talking to Granville concerning the mistrust of Devereaux, and Granville in return telling Jarre that Devereaux will be taken care of. Now somehow we never follow through with this threat...I'm not at the moment positive about this, but it would seem to me that we ought to consider the possibility that when Andre is interviewed by the police (after the death of Jarre), he convinces them that his son-in-law could not be responsible...with the warmest and fondest wishes to you in the purpose that you are able to achieve in writing the most perfect, sophisticated, witty, apt and characterful dialogue for this picture..." Much more exceptional content. Also included is a 12-page carbon typed narrative outline of "Topaz," 4to, each page measuring 11 x 8.5 inches and heavily annotated by Uris who has put a personal comment after each of Alfred Hitchcocks suggestions, i.e. "later," "now," "Someone has gotten to my editor," "yes," "no," "subtle," "O.K.," etc. In essence, Uris's comments showed his lack of flexibility in broadening his manuscript of "Topaz" -- a decision that forced Hitchcock to fire him. Excellent condition.