ABBOTT & COSTELLO (LOU COSTELLO) - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE CIRCA 1950 CO-SIGNED BY: MARK STEVENS - HFSID 72332
Sale Price $270.00
LOU COSTELLO and MARK STEVENS
Lou Costello and Mark Stevens sign an album leaf for a fan.
Inscribed signature: "To Peter/Lou Costello" and, on verso, "Mark Stevens", 4¾x3 album leaf. Costello's name written (unknown hand) at upper right margin, dated (unknown hand) at lower margin: "26.6.50." Verso is dated (unknown hand) at lower right: "24.11.51". In 1950, Costello appeared on the big screen in Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion. With partner BUD ABBOTT, LOU COSTELLO (1906-1959) formed one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of show business. They mastered the straight man/clown relationship, creating a magical chemistry that took them from vaudeville and burlesque to radio, Broadway, film and television. The Abbott & Costello Show aired on radio on ABC from 1941-1946 and on NBC from 1946-1949. Abbott and Costello were also guest hosts of NBC's hour-long live variety show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, seven times between 1951-1954. Their "Who's on First?" routine is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Abbott and Costello split up in 1957 after troubles with the Internal Revenue Service left both men broke. In 1951, Stevens appeared in four feature films: Target Unknown, Katie Did It, Little Egypt and Reunion in Reno. Multitalented actor, singer, producer and author MARK STEVENS (circa 1916-1994), born Richard William Stevens, sang and appeared on stage in Canada before signing with Warner Bros. in Hollywood. Cast as a leading man in such films as Within These Walls (1945), The Dark Corner (1946) and The Street With No Name (1948), Stevens also appeared in several musicals, including I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (1947) and Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949). With the advent of television, Stevens starred in two TV series, Martin Kane, Private Eye (1953-1954) and Big Town (1954-1956). He also started a successful production company, Mark Stevens Television, Inc., as well as Mark Stevens Music. In the late 1950s, Stevens moved to Europe, where he opened a restaurant in Spain and wrote several novels. Stevens, who was once romantically involved with actress Hedy Lamarr, later returned to TV in guest-starring roles. Light show through of writing, touching Costello and one word of inscription. Lightly creased and soiled. Irregular left edge from removal from bound book. Overall, fine condition.
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