CY HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1949 CO-SIGNED BY: TED FRIEND, FELTON JOHNSTON, GEORGE BIDDLE - HFSID 19825
CY HOWARD, GEORGE BIDDLE, FELTON M. JOHNSTON and OTHERS. Signatures: "Ted Friend", "Cy Howard" and one unidentified signature on front
Sale Price $81.00
CY HOWARD, GEORGE BIDDLE, FELTON M. JOHNSTON and OTHERS. Signatures: "Ted Friend", "Cy Howard" and one unidentified signature on front and "Felton Johnston" and "George Biddle" on verso, 9½x1¾. Dated: "April 17, 1947". Screenwriter, director and producer CY HOWARD (1915-1993) is perhaps best known for creating the characters in the radio show, My Friend Irma. He wrote the screenplay for the 1949 film version, which was most notable for the film debuts of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. He followed this film with a sequel, Irma Goes West (1950). Howard, who had begun his career as a comedy writer for such talents as Milton Berle and Danny Thomas, also developed scripts and was a producer for Desilu Studios for five years, beginning at the end of the 1950s. He made his directorial debut in 1970 with Lovers and Other Strangers, which won an Academy Award for Best Song and was nominated for Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Howard also directed Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972, for which he also wrote the screenplay) and the made-for-TV movie, It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy (1974). In 1976, he returned to screenwriting with Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood. American artist GEORGE BIDDLE (1885-1973) was considered one of 20th century America's most important muralists. In a career that spanned fifty years (1914-1964), Biddle was instrumental in the development of the "WPA" and "American Scene" genres of the 1930s and 1940s, and his portraits, genre paintings and still lifes were influential into the 1950s. FENTON M. "SKEETER" JOHNSTON (1909-1973) was Secretary to the Democratic Party at the time he signed this autograph, serving from 1945-1955. A longtime government clerical employee, he later served as Secretary of the U.S. Senate (1955-1965). Worthy of further research. Irregularly cut. Lightly creased. Show through of writing on verso. Irregular right edge from removal from bound book. Overall, fine condition.
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