Cpl Roman F. Klick 36620923
Co "A", 353rd Engr Regt
A.P.O. #502, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco, California
11 November 1943
The entire picture and three shorts lasted a bare two hours and was contained in two reels. In fact it must have been much less than two hours, about an hour and a half. But it is a good thing that the picture itself was short for it was one continuous build up of the emotions which was sustained from the very beginning to the end.
The "Captive Wild Woman" was a weird picture concerning a mad doctor who could change animals into human beings by adding certain glands, their secretions and a human brain. These changes of a human form into an animal form and vice versus always is dramatic and horrible. Just as the changing of Lon Chaney Jr from a human being into the wolf man was eerie; so too was the transition from a beautiful girl into a ferocious ape. That is the second picture in a month which had to do with women changing into animals. The last one was with Simon Simone changing into a big cat.
I'm pretty sure that the captive wild woman was the girl which Jack said went to high school with him. She didn't say two words thru the whole picture and just looked mysterious. Brrrr! A picture like that is enough to have a person peering into dark corners and having nightmares at night.
Along with the short main feature there were three short films. The one was a comic screen song with crazy animated cats acting out a little skit to go along with the song which was "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now". The comment after the show was, "I Wonder How They Got the Idea That Would Be a Good Song to Send to Soldiers Overseas".
The other short was about defective eyesight in a comic style while the third one gave one song each by four American bands including Skinney Ennis and Freddy Martin. The H&S Actors Guild failed to put on their performance for the second consecutive week in a row. A company sure can get a black name in a hurry after it stands up the regiment like that two weeks in a row. Company B, C and D are the only ones who put on their shows as scheduled and, incidentally, they all gave good performances.
After chow this evening Larry and I delved into the box of Mrs Snyder's Candy along with the willing assistance of one Solomon Gordon. All but three pieces from the top layer have been disposed of. It is remarkable how fresh that candy can keep. By the way, speaking of Gordon, reminds me that I'm picking up a few Jewish nicknames from Larry who says Solomon is really Shlayme in Jewish. Now that quite a few fellows know that, Gordon is just as likely to be called Shlayme as Solomon
Butterball brought down the last remaining puppy of the four they had had in Company F. His name is Porky and he is both small and fat. His color combination is black and white. Where ever the dog goes, people put in a bid for him but according to Campbell, if they do decide to get rid of him, I will have A1A priority since one of the puppies was originally slated for me. I didn't eat my meat at supper this evening and two dogs (real nice black ones) were waiting outside for scraps. I gave each one of them a piece and they took it from my hand. Wouldn't that be a laugh to hear of Roman the great dog lover?
It is only nine o'clock right n now and I would still like to get out thank you notes to Dolores, Anita and the Reeds. Those are my musts on the letter writing agenda. This evening I will also have to get my laundry together for tomorrow will be the first day to send all of our clothing to the GI laundry. That will be a relief to have it all done again at one time and done well.
The scenes in this evening's picture which had to do with a lion and tiger cage act were played by Clyde Beatty doubling for the real actor. Reminded me of the World's Fair days.
So-long, /s/ Roman Roman