DON AMECHE - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE CIRCA 1938 CO-SIGNED BY: LUM & ABNER (LUM) - HFSID 165298
Sale Price $162.00
DON AMECHE and LUM. Signatures: "To Elsie -/Sincerely/Don Ameche" and "Let me say hello/too Elsie -/'Hello'/Lum", 4x4¾. Signed in pencil on verso of an "Ask Myrus" question card from the Club Lamaze, Hollywood, California, in connection with an appearance there by Myrus, The Wizard of Mental Telepathy. Elsie Myrus, his wife, collected autographs of celebrities attending her husband's show. In 1935, DON AMECHE (1908-1993) won a bit part in Clive of India (he was credited as "Prisoner in the Black Hole"). He was so memorable in the title role in 1939's The Story of Alexander Graham Bell that for years afterward a telephone was known as an "ameche". He continued working steadily through the mid-1940s when his film career ground to an abrupt halt. During the 1950s, he worked occasionally on television and began appearing infrequently in low-budget films during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1985, Ameche starred in Cocoon and won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It was his only Oscar nomination. He followed up that role to even more acclaim in 1988's concoction Things Change. Before his death in 1993, Ameche rounded out his career with brief but memorable performances in Oscar (1991) and Corrina, Corrina (1994). LUM (CHET LAUCK, 1902-1980) & Abner (Norris Goff, 1906-1978) was a comedic team that delighted radio audiences for 25 years beginning in 1931. In addition to radio, they made seven motion pictures. Upon their retirement, they had performed over 5,000 live radio programs and entertained countless millions of fans. Slightly soiled and shaded. Overall, fine condition.
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