The image above is a #sheetmusic cover for the song #SeptemberintheRain, featured in the 1937 musical film #MelodyforTwo. It was discovered in a U.S. District Court case from Hannibal, Missouri. The President of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers filed a civil suit against the proprietor of Gibbs' Dance Floor, a music club located in Stoutsville, Missouri. It was alleged that on June 1, 1940, the defendant "gave public performances and renditions for profit," in violation of copyright law. However, the lawsuit was dismissed on October 18, 1940, when the defendant could not be located, and was later found dead.
The late Patricia Ellis - the young woman pictured on the left - was a popular Hollywood actress throughout the 1930s. She was featured in more than 20 films, and acted alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Bela Lugosi and James Cagney. Ellis, whose real name was Patricia Gene O'Brien, retired from the spotlight in 1939 at the ripe old age of 21. Two years later she married George T. O'Maley, a sales manager from Kansas City, Missouri. The couple settled in the #KansasCity area, had one child, a girl, and remained out of the public eye for almost three decades.
In 1965, Ellis granted a rare interview with the #KansasCityTimes newspaper. In it, she downplayed her celebrity, noting the following about her Hollywood career: "You could call me the queen of the B pictures for Warner Brothers. Most of them were pretty corny. I did work with Jimmy Cagney, Joe E. Brown and Mickey Rooney, but the film I enjoyed most was done in England and not shown here." On March 26, 1970, #PatriciaEllis died of cancer at the age of 52. Her death did not go unnoticed as her obituary was featured in the New York Times. Her body was cremated at Kansas City's #ElmwoodCemetery, and her remains were returned to her family. It is not known what, if anything, was done with her ashes. #oldhollywood #classichollywood #kansascityhistory #kcmohistory #archivesofinstagram #kansascityarchives
RG 21: Records of the U.S. District Courts. Eastern District of Missouri. Northern (Hannibal) Division. Civil Case Files, 1938-1989. Case 81, Gene Buck v. Robert L. Gibbs.