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Shown together in a still from the film, dated in 1984.
Photograph signed: "Regards/Vera Ralston/7-14-84", "David/Brian". B/w, 10x8. Captioned movie still from Accused of Murder (1956). VERA RALSTON (1919-2003), born Vera Hruba in Prague Czechoslovakia, first gained attention as an ice-skater, prompting Herbert J. Yates, the head of Republic Pictures, to bring her to the U.S. to become "the next Sonja Henie". Credited as Vera Hruba in her 1941 film debut in Ice-Capades, the actress, who took the name "Ralston" from the name of a breakfast cereal company, would go on to appear in 26 films for Republic Pictures - and would marry Yates (they were married from March 1952 until his death on February 3, 1966). She retired from the screen in 1958 - the year that Yates was deposed as the head of the studio. DAVID BRIAN (1914-1993) got started as a musical comedian, but an un-credited role in 1935's G-Men launched him on a long movie and TV career, with 75 credits until the end of his career in 1975. A leading man who starred opposite such stars as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, his best performance is probably as a lawyer defending a black boy accused of murder in Intruder in the Dust (1949). Star Trek fans may recognize Brian as the misguided John Gill, who introduced Nazism to the primitive planet of Acos, in the 1968 episode "Patterns of Force". Corners and edges lightly creased, slightly toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: July 12, 1919 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic
Died: February 9, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California

Film Credits
1958 The Notorious Mr. Monks (Performer), 1958 The Man Who Died Twice (Performer), 1957 Spoilers of the Forest (Performer), 1957 Gunfire at Indian Gap (Performer), 1956 Accused of Murder (Performer), 1955 Timberjack (Performer), 1954 Jubilee Trail (Performer), 1953 Fair Wind to Java (Performer), 1953 A Perilous Journey (Performer), 1952 Hoodlum Empire (Performer), 1951 The Wild Blue Yonder (Performer), 1951 Belle Le Grand (Performer), 1950 Surrender (Performer), 1949 The Fighting Kentuckian (Performer), 1948 I, Jane Doe (Performer), 1948 Angel on the Amazon (Performer), 1947 Wyoming (Performer), 1947 The Flame (Performer), 1947 A Week in the Quiet House (Performer), 1946 Plainsman and the Lady (Performer), 1946 Murder in the Music Hall (Performer), 1945 Dakota (Performer), 1944 The Lady and the Monster (Performer), 1944 Storm Over Lisbon (Performer), 1944 Lake Placid Serenade (Performer), 1942 Ice-Capades Revue (Performer), 1941 Ice-Capades (Performer)

Born: August 5, 1914 in New York City, New York
Died: July 15, 1993 in Sherman Oaks, California

Film Credits
2008 Crawford at Warners (Other), 1998 Classified X (Other), 1983-1984 Father's Day (Performer), 1975 Archer (Performer), 1973 Police Story (Performer), 1973 Hec Ramsey (Performer), 1972 The Manhunter (Performer), 1972 Search (Performer), 1972 Mission: Impossible (Performer), 1971 The Seven Minutes (Performer), 1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (Performer), 1969-1970 The Name of the Game (Performer), 1969-1970 The Immortal (Performer), 1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Performer), 1969 Childish Things (Performer), 1968-1974 Gunsmoke (Performer), 1968 The Destructors (Performer), 1968 Star Trek (Performer), 1968 Mannix (Performer), 1968 Cimarron Strip (Performer), 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (Performer), 1967 Hondo (Performer), 1966 The Rare Breed (Performer), 1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (Performer), 1966 Iron Horse (Performer), 1966 Honey West (Performer), 1966 Castle of Evil (Performer), 1966 Branded (Performer), 1966 Blade Rider, Revenge of the Indian Nations (Other), 1965 Profiles in Courage (Performer), 1965 Laredo (Performer), 1965 I Dream of Jeannie (Performer), 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (Performer), 1964 Daniel Boone (Performer), 1963 The Dakotas (Performer), 1963 Laramie (Performer), 1963 Death Valley Days (Performer), 1962 Target: The Corruptors (Performer), 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (Performer), 1962 How the West Was Won (Performer), 1961 Pocketful of Miracles (Performer), 1961 Cain's Hundred (Performer), 1960-1961 The Untouchables (Performer), 1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (Performer), 1959-1961 Rawhide (Performer), 1959 The Rabbit Trap (Performer), 1959 Alcoa Theatre (Performer), 1958 Target (Performer), 1958 Ghost of the China Sea (Writer), 1958 Ghost of the China Sea (in person), 1958 Ghost of the China Sea (Performer), 1956-1957 Crossroads (Performer), 1956 The White Squaw (Performer), 1956 The First Traveling Saleslady (Performer), 1956 No Place to Hide (Performer), 1956 Fury at Gunsight Pass (Performer), 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (Performer), 1956 Accused of Murder (Performer), 1955 Timberjack (Performer), 1955 Screen Snapshots 7855: Pennies from Hollywood (Other), 1954-1961 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1954 The High and the Mighty (Performer), 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (Performer), 1954 Mr. District Attorney (Performer), 1954 Dawn at Socorro (Performer), 1953-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (Performer), 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (Performer), 1953 Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (Performer), 1953 A Perilous Journey (Performer), 1952 This Woman Is Dangerous (Performer), 1952 Springfield Rifle (Performer), 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid (Performer), 1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (Performer), 1951 Inside Straight (Performer), 1951 Fort Worth (Performer), 1950 The Great Jewel Robber (Performer), 1950 The Damned Don't Cry (Performer), 1950 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Bat (in person), 1950 Breakthrough (Performer), 1949 Intruder in the Dust (Performer), 1949 Flamingo Road (Performer), 1949 Beyond the Forest (Performer), 1935 'G' Men (Performer)

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