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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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Born: March 6, 1906 in Paterson, New Jersey
Died: March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California

Film Credits
2011 Reagan (Other), 2011 Eric & Ernie: Behind the Scenes (Other), 2010 Muchachada nui (Other), 2010 Behind the Burly Q (Other), 2010 A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (Other), 2009 Morecambe and Wise: The Show What Paul Merton Did (Other), 2009 Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (Other), 2008 The O'Reilly Factor (Other), 2008 Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge (Other), 2006 The Story of Light Entertainment (Other), 2005 Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us (Other), 2004 Back to the 1950s (Other), 1999 The Century: America's Time (Other), 1999 Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (Other), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (Other), 1998 Universal Horror (Other), 1998 Classified X (Other), 1997 American Masters (Other), 1996 Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star (Other), 1996 Biography (Other), 1995 Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special (Other), 1994 Television's Christmas Classics (Other), 1994 It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein (Other), 1994 Entertaining the Troops (Other), 1994 Baseball (Other), 1994 Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (Other), 1992 Legends of Comedy (Other), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 1991 Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (Other), 1990 The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special (Other), 1986 Horrible Horror (Other), 1986 Classic Comedy Teams (Other), 1985 Into the Night (Other), 1984 The Great Standups (Other), 1984 Stooge Snapshots (Other), 1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (Other), 1982 Simon & Simon (Other), 1982 Showbiz Goes to War (Other), 1979 The Horror Show (Other), 1979 The Hollywood Clowns (Other), 1978 Hey, Abbott! (Other), 1978 Funny Business (Other), 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Other), 1965 Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... (Other), 1965 The World of Abbott and Costello (Other), 1965 Hollywood My Home Town (Other), 1964 The Big Parade of Comedy (Other), 1960 Project XX (Other), 1959 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (Other), 1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (Performer), 1958 Wagon Train (Performer), 1958 The Lux Show (in person), 1958 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1957-1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (Performer), 1957 I've Got a Secret (in person), 1956-1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1956 This Is Your Life (in person), 1956 Dance with Me, Henry (Performer), 1955-1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (Performer), 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (Performer), 1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (Writer), 1954 Screen Snapshots Series 33, No. 10: Hollywood Grows Up (Other), 1954 Oh, My Achin' Tooth! (Other), 1954 Fireman Save My Child (Performer), 1954 Champs of the Chase (Other), 1953 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Other), 1953 I'm the Law (Producer), 1953 Gobs in a Mess (Other), 1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Performer), 1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (Performer), 1952-1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (Performer), 1952 Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians (Other), 1952 Olympic Fund Telethon (in person), 1952 News of the Day (in person), 1952 Lost in Alaska (Performer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Performer), 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (Producer), 1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (Producer), 1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (Performer), 1951-1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1951-1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Sound), 1951 Knights of the Bath (Other), 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain (Performer), 1951 Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (Performer), 1950 Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (Performer), 1949 Kitchen Mechanics (Other), 1949 Fun on the Run (Other), 1949 Africa Screams (Performer), 1949 Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (Performer), 1948-1949 The Milton Berle Show (in person), 1948 The Noose Hangs High (Producer), 1948 The Noose Hangs High (Performer), 1948 Oysters and Muscles (Other), 1948 Mexican Hayride (Performer), 1948 Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (Performer), 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Producer), 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (in person), 1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (Performer), 1947 Buck Privates Come Home (Performer), 1946 The Time of Their Lives (Performer), 1946 Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back (Other), 1946 Little Giant (Performer), 1945 The Naughty Nineties (Performer), 1945 Here Come the Co-eds (Performer), 1945 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (Performer), 1944 Mail Call (in person), 1944 Lost in a Harem (Performer), 1944 In Society (Performer), 1944 A Wave, a WAC and a Marine (Producer), 1943 The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' (Other), 1943 It Ain't Hay (Performer), 1943 Hit the Ice (Performer), 1942 Who Done It (Performer), 1942 Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 6 (in person), 1942 Rio Rita (Performer), 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy (Performer), 1942 Picture People No. 10: Hollywood at Home (in person), 1942 Pardon My Sarong (Performer), 1941 Meet the Stars #4: Variety Reel #2 (in person), 1941 Keep 'Em Flying (Performer), 1941 In the Navy (Performer), 1941 Hold That Ghost (Performer), 1941 Buck Privates (Performer), 1940 The Baer-Galento Bout (in person), 1940 One Night in the Tropics (Performer), 1928 The Trail of '98 (Stunt work), 1928 The Cossacks (Performer), 1928 Rose-Marie (Performer), 1928 Circus Rookies (Performer), 1927 The Taxi Dancer (Performer), 1927 The Fair Co-Ed (Performer), 1927 The Battle of the Century (Performer), 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Streets of Paris - Performer (June 19, 1939 - February 10, 1940)

Born: December 13, 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio
Died: September 15, 1994 in Majores, Spain

Film Credits
1987 The Law and Harry McGraw (Performer), 1987 Simon & Simon (Performer), 1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (Performer), 1987 Magnum, P.I. (Performer), 1986 Murder, She Wrote (Performer), 1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (Performer), 1976 S.W.A.T. (Performer), 1975 Police Story (Performer), 1975 Kojak (Performer), 1975 Bronk (Performer), 1972 La furia del Hombre Lobo (Performer), 1971 ┬┐Es usted mi padre (Performer), 1970 La Lola, dicen que no vive sola (Performer), 1969 Spain Again (Performer), 1969 Cry for Poor Wally (Performer), 1966 Go with God, Gringo (Performer), 1965 Jessy Does Not Forgive... He Kills! (Performer), 1965 Jessy Does Not Forgive... He Kills! (Director), 1965 Jessy Does Not Forgive... He Kills! (Writer), 1964 Frozen Alive (Performer), 1964 Fate Is the Hunter (Performer), 1963 Escape from Hell Island (Performer), 1963 Escape from Hell Island (Director), 1962 Rawhide (Performer), 1962 Bus Stop (Performer), 1960 Zane Grey Theater (Director), 1960 September Storm (Performer), 1960 Overland Trail (Performer), 1959 Sunday Showcase (Performer), 1958 The Gisele MacKenzie Show (in person), 1958 Gunsmoke in Tucson (Performer), 1958 Gun Fever (Performer), 1958 Gun Fever (Writer), 1958 Gun Fever (in person), 1958 Gun Fever (Director), 1958 Frontier Justice (Other), 1958 Decision (Producer), 1958 Decision (Performer), 1958 Decision (Director), 1957-1958 Zane Grey Theater (Performer), 1957-1958 Wagon Train (Director), 1957-1958 The Loretta Young Show (Performer), 1957 Wagon Train (Performer), 1957 Studio 57 (Director), 1957 Studio 57 (Performer), 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (Director), 1957 News Gal (Performer), 1957 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (Performer), 1957 Gunsight Ridge (Performer), 1956 Time t_able (Director), 1956 Time t_able (Producer), 1956 Time t_able (Sound), 1956 Time t_able (Performer), 1956 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (in person), 1955-1956 Big Town (Director), 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (Performer), 1954-1956 Big Town (Performer), 1954-1956 Big Town (Producer), 1954-1955 Lux Video Theatre (Performer), 1954 Cry Vengeance (Director), 1954 Cry Vengeance (Producer), 1954 Cry Vengeance (Performer), 1953-1954 Martin Kane (Performer), 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (in person), 1953 Jack Slade (Performer), 1953 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1953 Footlights Theater (Performer), 1952-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (Performer), 1952-1953 The Ford Television Theatre (Performer), 1952 Torpedo Alley (Performer), 1952 The Big Frame (Performer), 1952 Mutiny (Performer), 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (Performer), 1951 Target Unknown (Performer), 1951 Reunion in Reno (Performer), 1951 Little Egypt (Performer), 1951 Katie Did It (Performer), 1950-1956 Big Town (Producer), 1950 Please Believe Me (Performer), 1950 Between Midnight and Dawn (Performer), 1949 Your Show Time (Performer), 1949 Sand (Performer), 1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Sound), 1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Performer), 1949 Dancing in the Dark (Performer), 1948 The Street with No Name (Performer), 1948 The Snake Pit (Performer), 1947 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (Performer), 1947 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (Sound), 1946 The Dark Corner (Performer), 1946 From This Day Forward (Performer), 1945 Within These Walls (Performer), 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight (Performer), 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (Performer), 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (Sound), 1945 Pride of the Marines (Performer), 1945 Objective, Burma! (Performer), 1945 God Is My Co-Pilot (Performer), 1944 The Doughgirls (Performer), 1944 Roaring Guns (Performer), 1944 Passage to Marseille (Performer), 1944 Hollywood Canteen (Performer), 1943 Food and Magic (in person), 1943 Destination Tokyo (Performer)

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