[T. E. B. Clarke, Oscar-winning screenwriter and crime writer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tibby') to the novelist Barbara Kaye, discussing common acquaintances after the episode of the TV programme 'This Is Your Life' devoted to him.

T. E. B. Clarke [Thomas Ernest Bennett 'Tibby' Clarke] (1907-1989), screenwriter who won an Oscar for 'The Lavender Hill Mob', and crime writer [Ealing Comedies; Barbara Kaye, novelist]
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On letterhead of Tanners Mead, Oxted, Surrey. 10 November 1960.
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Other than 'The Lavender Hill Mob', for which he won an Oscar, Clarke's screenplays include 'The Blue Lamp' and 'The Titchfield Thunderbolt'. For the recipient Barbara Kaye [Barbara Kenrick Gowing] (1908-1998), writer, bookseller and wife of Percy Muir, see her obituary by Nicolas Barker in the Independent, 12 March 1998. The present letter was written a few days after Clarke's appearance on 31 October on the television programme 'This Is Your Life'. 2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded once. The letter begins: 'Dear Barbara, | Many thanks for your kind letter. That certainly was a shock they gave me last Monday! | Shirley Long was there in addition to Teddy [Wass?] - it was he who dug up the old “Answers” articles for reproduction. But I wish there had been a little more flavour of those good old Twenties. They went to see Bobby Cooper and, he tells me, took copious notes from him, then for space reasons had to leave out all his reminiscences.' He remembers 'all the incidents' she mentions, 'except the girl in the orchestra, so I presume she must have been a virgin or she would have registered better'. He discusses the marriage of Dorothy Hargreaves and Humphrey Bradney, before turning to his son Michael, who 'was recently taken to a dance in Suffolk while staying with friends there, and found the hostess to be my old girl friend Betty Hand. It was her daughter's 21st.' From the papers of Barbara Kaye Muir.