July 29, 1944
The most sought-after stage play of the year, “The Voice of the Turtle,” goes to Warner Bros.
It was flashed from New York that Jack Warner had bought John Van Druten’s Broadway hit, and the news was verified by Warners. Jack Warner personally closed the deal out here with Alfred de Liagre Jr., the producer.
This is not the original $3-million deal that included radio, screen and television rights; it is solely for motion pictures. While Warners would not verify any price, from another source I learned that over a half-million was paid, the highest price yet to be paid for any vehicle.
Margaret Sullavan and Elliott Nugent reopen in “The Voice of the Turtle” Aug. 28 in New York, and a second company will open in Chicago.
LEO: Avoid roundabout way or unscrupulous people and plans. Right will catch up to you sooner or later. Show Leo’s high purposeful character, no matter what!
Also: Hotshot Charlie in “Terry and the Pirates.”
From the Philadelphia Inquirer via Fultonhistory.com.