EARL CARROLL - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 165316
Sale Price $180.00
Handwritten note written during the performance of Myrus, "the man with the X-ray eyes"
Autograph Note signed: "A really/splendid artist/Earl Carroll", 4x5. Written on a card intended for questions for the audience at a Hollywood performance by "Myrus, the Wizard of Mental Telepathy." Earl Carroll (1893-1948) was a Broadway producer and songwriter, Flo Ziegfeld's principal rival in the staging of musical extravaganzas. Carroll's shows were a bit racier than Ziegfeld's, earning him the sobriquet, "troubadour of the nude." He built the first Earl Carroll Theatre in 1922, replacing it with a grander one in 1931. He opened another theater in Hollywood in 1938. Carroll wrote many musical numbers for his productions. He spent six months in prison during Prohibition for furnishing a nude beauty in a bathtub filled with illegal booze at a party he gave to honor one of his investors, Harry Thaw (slayer of architect Stanford White). Elsie Myrus, the wife of Myrus "the mental telepathist," collected autographs from celebrities attending her husband's shows, on forms used to ask Myrus a question. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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