EVELYN FINLEY - INSCRIBED PROGRAM SIGNED 04/1984 CO-SIGNED BY: RENO BROWNE, CAROLINA COTTON, KIRK ALYN - HFSID 341454
Sale Price $270.00
EVELYN FINLEY, RENO BROWNE, CAROLINA COTTON, KIRK ALYN
Program from the 1984 Atlanta, Georgia Western Film Caravan signed by actresses Evelyn Finley, Reno Browne, Carolina Cotton, and actor Kirk Alyn
Inscribed program signed: "To - John: -/"Best Wishes/Superman"/Kirk Alyn", "To John/Best Ever/Reno Browne", "Howdy/John-/Happy Convention!/Carolina/Cotton 4-26-'84", "To John-/My very best wishses for all the best that life has/to offer/Always!/Evelyn Finley/4-26-84", 8½x11. 20 pages. Western Film Caravan, Atlanta, Georgia. Actress and stuntwomanEVELYN FINLEY (1916-1989) made her film debut in 1940 in Arizona Frontier, and she would appear in several Westerns through 1956 (Perils of the Wilderness). Finley, who had begun her career as a stuntwoman (The Texas Rangers, 1936), worked in that capacity through 1955, when she made Blood Alley. She returned to films as a stuntwoman in 1960 in Swiss Family Robinson, and Finley did stunts for two other films, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1960) and Silverado (1985), before permanently retiring. Josephine Clark (1921-1991) appeared in film as RENO BROWNE or sometimes Reno Blair, taking her name from the city of Reno, Nevada, where she was born and where she died. She was featured in many B Westerns of the 1940s, leading lady to Johnny Mack Brown and others. She was especially noted for her equestrian skills, better than most of her co-stars. Bill Haley, later remembered as a rock music pioneer with his Comets, had a Western music group, the Saddlemen, who appeared in films as Reno Browne and Her Buckaroos. As such they had a minor hit record in 1951, "My Palomino and I." (Browne was featured on the label, though she herself didn't sing.) She also had a 13-episode radio program, Reno Rides the Range. CAROLINA COTTON (1925-1997), also known as the Yodeling Blonde Bombshell, had 21 movie appearances to her credit, including Apache Country and Blue Canadian Rockies with Gene Autry and Rough, Tough West with Jock Mahoney. She started out on radio and performing at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre yodeling, singing and playing instruments before her first movie appearance in 1944. She also recorded a number of Western songs, yodeling songs and song tracks. KIRK ALYN (1910-1999)was the first actor to portray the Man of Steel on film. He played the character Superman in the 15 episode serial film Superman (1948) and its sequel Atom Man vs. Superman (1950). Alyn enjoyed a loyal fan following for his two Superman appearances, reflecting that fact in the title of his 1974 autobiography, A Job for Superman. The actor had first appeared as a chorus boy in such major Broadway musicals of the 1930s as Girl Crazy, Of Thee I Sing and Hellzapoppin. Moving to Hollywood in 1942, he was briefly seen in Columbia's My Sister Eileen (1942) and You Were Never Lovelier (1943). Lightly toned. Some pages toned from writing. Lightly soiled on cover and several pages. Corners lightly worn and creased. Slight surface creases. Spine of program lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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