BOWERY BOYS TV CAST - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LEO B. GORCEY, HUNTZ HALL, WILLIAM BEAUDINE - HFSID 274961
Sale Price $1,020.00
THE BOWERY BOYS TV CAST: LEO GORCEY, HUNTZ HALL, and WILLIAM BEAUDINEThe three entertainment professionals who were all associated with The Bowery Boys signed this card Signatures: "Wm Beaudine", "Leo B Gorcey" and "Huntz Hall" on verso of 5½x3¼ postal card. 2-cents imprinted postage, postmarked Los Angeles, California, October 16, 1954. Stamped address to a collector in Anniston, Alabama. Names typed below Beaudine's signature and above the signatures of Gorcey and Hall. Captioned at right margin of signature side: "Stars of/'Bowery Boys'". Pencil notes (unknown hand) on front date these autographs as obtained on October 16, 1954. In 1935, Leo Bernard Gorcey(1917-1969) and his younger brother David starred in the stage play Dead End. In 1937, it was made into a movie, and Leo became one of the busiest actors in Hollywood for the next 20 years. He starred as Spit in seven Dead End Kids movies (1937-1939), as Muggs McGinnis in 22 East Side Kids films (1940-1945) and as Slip Mahoney in 48 Bowery Boys movies (1946-1956). Huntz Hall (1919-1999) appeared in a total of 81 East Side Kids/Bowery Boys features and serials, more than any other actor. Hall always played the same type of role, first called Pig, then Glimpy and, finally, Sach. As a child, he was a radio actor, playing in such shows as Lady Next Door, Billy and Betty and Bobby Benson. From 1935-1937, Hall played Dippy in the Broadway play Dead End, later recreating his role in the 1937 film starring Humphrey Bogart.William Washington Beaudine (1892-1970), who became known as Bill "One-Shot" Beaudine, directed nearly 350 films, including over half of the Bowery Boy movies. He was a top director in Hollywood by the time "talkies" arrived, shooting films for a number of studios, including Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, and Universal. Beaudine also went to England to help to boost the quality of British films, but his absence from Hollywood resulted in him being virtually forgotten. When he returned, Beaudine worked on such low budget films as Desperate Cargo (1941) and The Ape Man (1943) before finding notoriety with the explicit Mom and Dad (1945), which showed a live birth. Beaudine was also an actor and a screenwriter over his long career. Lightly creased and soiled. Light show through of postal markings at the "din" of Beuadine, the upper loop of the "G" in Gorcey and the "ll" of Hall. Otherwise, fine condition.
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