AMOS 'N' ANDY RADIO & TV CASTS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLES "ANDY" CORRELL, FREEMAN "AMOS" GOSDEN - HFSID 296485
Sale Price $595.00
THE AMOS 'N' ANDY RADIO & TV CASTS CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLES J. "ANDY" CORRELL and FREEMAN "AMOS" GOSDEN
Rare 10½x13½ vintage black and white photograph showing the two stars in and out of character on opposite sides of an oversize CBS Radio microphone.
Inscribed photograph signed: "To/Andy/n'/Virginia/Best/Amos/(Freeman Gosden)" and "Andy/(CJ Correll)", B/w 10½x13½. Amos n' Andy, originally titled Sam n' Henry, debuted on Chicago's WGN on January 12, 1926. The storyline was about two Alabama Black men who came to Chicago to find their fortunes. Its two stars, FREEMAN GOSDEN and CHARLES CORRELL, both white, wrote the scripts and played all of the parts. The Chicago "Daily News" radio station, WMAQ, offered them a contract that included distribution rights. The two accepted, but WGN refused to give up the name Sam n' Henry, and so two new but similar characters were created called Jim n' Charlie, then Tom n' Harry and, finally, Amos n' Andy. The show debuted over WMAQ on March 19, 1928. The characters came from Atlanta instead of Alabama and were members of the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge instead of the Jewels of the Crown. Everything else remained the same. Amos n' Andy premiered on the NBC radio network on Thursday night, August 19, 1929 at 11:00 P.M. EST. The show was broadcast an unprecedented six days a week. It was so popular, that it was moved to 7:00 P.M. EST to reach a broader audience. There were protests on the west coast because it would be aired there at 4 P.M. so, for the first time in radio history, NBC did a repeat broadcast for its west coast affiliates. Amos n' Andy hit its peak of popularity in the 1930s, but the show remained on radio until 1958. A television version of the show ran on CBS from 1951 to 1953 and its syndicated reruns of the 78 episodes continued to be broadcast from 1954 to 1966. Almost from its inception, the show drew protests from some in the Black community who considered it demeaning. However, film historian Elizabeth McLeod, who studied thousands of pages of scripts, argues that it portrayed African Americans in a much more positive way that did most of the US entertainment industry of that era. Overall, fine condition.
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