FRED A. STONE - SHOW BILL SIGNED CIRCA 1938 - HFSID 322031
Sale Price $198.00
He signs a showbill for a Hartford production of his play Lightnin'
Showbill signed: "Fred Stone", 2 pages, 6¼x9½ affixed to a 9x12 sheet. Showbill for a performance of Lightnin', starring Fred Stone, at Horace Bushnell Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, December 1, 1938. Actor and entertainer Fred Stone (1873-1959) got his start in show biz at age 10, acting in a tightrope act with his brother, and worked his way through vaudeville and minstrel shows to an acting career that spanned almost 60 years. Stone had 18 acting credits on Broadway between 1901 and 1945, mostly in comedies and musical extravaganzas, including the role of the Scarecrow in the original Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz in 1903. He was especially known for his on-stage partnership with David C. Montgomery, which lasted over two decades until Montgomery's death in 1917 and included a show-stealing performance in the operetta The Red Mill (1906-1907). Stone also had almost 20 movie credits between 1915 and 1940, including a starring role in the Katherine Hepburn movie Alice Adams (1935). His movie credits include attempts by RKO to make him the next Will Rogers, one of his friends, after Roger's death in 1935. Corners lightly worn. Light surface creases. Adhesive residue on top margin of showbill. Faint stains throughout. Small tears on edges of sheet. Ink notes (unknown hand) on top right corner of sheet. Heavily toned. Pin holes on top margin of showbill. Otherwise, fine condition.
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