W.C. FIELDS Original Prohibition-era W.C. Fields comedy sketch. Manuscript Comedy Sketch titled and signed: "One of the six best Cellars/By/W.C. Fields", 13¼p, 6x8¼, separate sheets. No place, no date. The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect on January 16, 1920. As of that date, "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited." Prohibition is the topic of this comedy sketch, One of the Six Best Cellars, which is written with a bit of satire. The phrase "six best cellars" was an expression first used in 1920 referring to the best hideaways where liquor was stored during Prohibition. The phrase was used in a "Los Angeles Herald" story on December 8, 1920 stating that actress Mabel Normand, known to be a heavy drinker, had one of the "six best cellars" of Prohibition liquor in the Hollywood film colony. Although not dated, this comedy sketch was likely written during the Prohibition era. In the early 1920s Fields wrote many comedy sketches while performing in New York's vaudeville, most notably in the Ziegfeld Follies read more...
Actors & Actresses from the 2000s | Poems
PHYLLIS DILLER She signs a printed poem that she composed. Poem signed: "Phyllis Diller". Color, 8½x11 Christmas greeting. "Noel" imprinted at upper edge, colored images at upper and lower margins and around printed poem. Titled: "My Prayer read more...
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YVES-MARIE MAURIN Printed French poem written by and signed by Maurin with original mailing envelope, in black ink Printed Poem signed: "Yves-Marie" in black ink. One page. 4x8¼, printed on cardstock. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope. Postmarked Jan. read more...
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ROD McKUEN He signs this poem printed inside a card to Phyllis Diller Poem Signed: "Rod", card, opened to 10¼x7¼. No place, no date. To comedian Phyllis Diller. On inside right half is a printed verse from his 1985 poem "Valentines. read more...
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MICHAEL YORK Poem asking, is Art not Love? Autograph Poem signed: "Michael York" at end, 1 page 7¼x10½. On personal letterhead addressed "J.H to M.Y". In Full: "Is Art not read more...
Sale Price $342.00