DARK COMMAND MOVIE CAST - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: WALTER PIDGEON, CLAIRE TREVOR, ROY ROGERS, JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE - HFSID 275111
DARK COMMAND MOVIE CAST John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Claire Trevor sign a still from the only film in which Wayne and Rogers appeared together Photograph signed: "John Wayne", "Walter Pidgeon" and inscribed "To Harold/Roy Rogers" and "To Harold/Best wishes/Claire Trevor"
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DARK COMMAND MOVIE CAST
John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Claire Trevor sign a still from the only film in which Wayne and Rogers appeared together
Photograph signed: "John Wayne", "Walter Pidgeon" and inscribed "To Harold/Roy Rogers" and "To Harold/Best wishes/Claire Trevor". All four stars are shown in a still from the 1940 film. To capitalize on the stardom John Wayne had gained from Stagecoach (1939), Republic Pictures set out to film an A movie, and succeeded admirably. In a film which dramatized a Kansas territory beset by Quantrill's raiders before and during the Civil War, all four stars - Rogers included - deliver nuanced, convincing performances. All-American action hero JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE (1907-1979) appeared in over 250 films, primarily in war movies and Westerns. Although he had appeared in 80 low-budget films, Wayne did not become a star until 1939, when he appeared as the Ringo Kid in John Ford's Stagecoach. Near the end of his forty-year career, Wayne was honored with his first Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of hard-drinking, one-eyed Marshal Rooster Cogburn in 1969's True Grit. ROY ROGERS (1911-1998) broke into films as a singing cowboy the following year. Beginning in 1938, he had starring roles in dozens of Western films. His horse was Trigger, his frequent sidekick Gabby Hayes (who also appeared in Dark Command), and his frequent co-star Dale Evans, whom he married in 1947. He starred in his own TV series (1951-1957). A devoted husband and father, Rogers was also a successful businessman with wide-ranging holdings, including a TV production company, a restaurant chain and many Western products. Canadian actor WALTER PIDGEON (1898-1984), who had his first leading roles in silent films, earned Best Actor Academy Award nominations for Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Madame Curie (1943). He had prominent roles in many other successful films, including The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Forbidden Planet (1956), Advise and Consent (1962) and Funny Girl (1968). He received a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical for Take Me Along. Debuting on Broadway in 1932, CLAIRE TREVOR (1909-2000) made her first feature film in 1933. The actress was nominated for Best Supporting Actress three times: Dead End (1937), Key Largo (1948) and The High and the Mighty (1954), winning the Oscar in 1948. In the 1950s, she began appearing on television, winning an Emmy in 1956 for her role in Dodsworth opposite Fredric March. Lightly toned. Lightly creased. Some wear at corners. Only adequate contrast on Rogers' signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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