ALVY MOORE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1958 CO-SIGNED BY: OTTOLA NESMITH, HUGO FRIEDHOFER - HFSID 67356
ALVY MOORE, OTTOLA NESMITH and HUGO FRIEDHOFER. ANS: "Alvy Moore", 1p, 7¾x10. No place, no date but circa 1958. Begins: "Thanks George". In full: "May the coming years bring you your hearts (sic) desire.
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ALVY MOORE, OTTOLA NESMITH and HUGO FRIEDHOFER. ANS: "Alvy Moore", 1p, 7¾x10. No place, no date but circa 1958. Begins: "Thanks George". In full: "May the coming years bring you your hearts (sic) desire. May health & happiness be with you & your family forever." Captioned magazine photograph, b/w, 1½x3¼ overall, image 1½x1¾, affixed beneath writing. Moore's name is misspelled in the heading. On verso, inscribed signatures: "To Loring's friend/George Sanders (and mine I hope!)/Sincerely/Ottola Nesmith/ 'Nightmare'" and "To George Sanders, Esq./[treble clef]/Hugo Friedhofer 3-7-58." Magazine photograph, b/w, 3¼x1¼, affixed at right margin. Imprinted caption is headed: "A Little Old Lady Ghoul". In full: "One of a few lady ghouls on TV is Ottola Nesmith of KTLA in Hollywood. She plays role of a little old demented lady who sits in front of Victrola in rooming house, has weird visions. On show, directed by her son, she fancies herself the young beauty who gets abused in the horror films her program shows." Stage, screen and television actor ALVY MOORE (1921-1997), born James Alvy Moore, is best known for his role as incompetent County Agent Hank Kimball (1965-1971) on the popular sitcom, Green Acres, and in the series' 1990 reunion film, Return to Green Acres. A veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Moore got his start on the stage, most notably as Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts on Broadway. After making his film debut 1952's Okinawa, Moore appeared in a number of feature films, including The War of the Worlds (1953), The Wild One (1953), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), Designing Woman (1957), The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960), Move Over, Darling (1963), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Scream (1985) and The Horror Show (1989). He found great success as a comic actor on television, cast in a regular role as Howie on Pete and Gladys (1960-1962) and guest starring on such shows as My Little Margie (1952), The Donna Reed Show (1958), Bachelor Father (1960), The Joey Bishop Show (1962), The Beverly Hillbillies (1964), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1965, in a hilarious role as phony I.R.S. agent Handlebuck in an Emmy Award-winning episode, "The Impractical Joke"), Nanny and the Professor (1971), Love, American Style (1970, 1972), Newhart (1989) and Frasier (1994). Moore also appeared in several made-for-TV movies as well as the miniseries, How the West Was Won (1978). OTTOLA NESMITH (1889-1972), one of the earliest horror show hosts (after Vampira), made her film debut in the 1913 silent, The Still Voice. Over her career, she appeared in a long list of feature films, including Becky Sharp (1935), Three Men on a Horse (1936), The Buccaneer (1938), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944), From the Terrace (1960) and Inside Daisy Clover (1965). Nesmith also guest starred on several TV shows, such as Letter to Loretta (1955), Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958), Thriller (1961), The Virginian (1963), Mannix (1968) and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1969). Loring was her son, one of Nesmith's four children with her husband, writer/director Leon D'Usseau (1885-1963), and the director of Nesmith's Hollywood TV show. Composer HUGO FRIEDHOFER (1901-1981) won the 1946 Academy Award for Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture for The Best Years of Our Lives, and he would be nominated for Oscars in the same category for The Woman in the Window (1945), The Bishop's Wife (1947), Joan of Arc (1948), Above and Beyond (1953), Between Heaven and Hell (1956) and The Young Lions (1958) as well as for scoring An Affair to Remember and Boy on a Dolphin (both 1957). Over his career, Friedhofer worked on nearly 250 films as an arranger, orchestrator or composer. He began arranging and orchestrating films in 1929 at the Fox studio before moving to Warner Bros., where he orchestrated almost all of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's sixteen films and over fifty scores for Max Steiner. After severing his ties with Warner Bros. in 1946, Friedhofer struck out on his own, winning his Oscar. Lightly creased, slightly soiled. Light rectangular shading at the "Hugo" and "F" of Friedhofer's signature. Minor show through on both sides. Irregular left edge from removal from bound book, lower left corner torn away. Numbered, likely in Sander's hand, at lower corners on both sides. Overall, fine condition.
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