GENE AUTRY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 180000
Sale Price $378.00
GENE AUTRY. Photograph signed: "Best wishes/from/Gene Autry". B/w, 10x8. Publicity still from the 1939 Republic Pictures western, Blue Montana Skies, which also starred Smiley Burnette and June Storey (pictured) and featured Walt Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies. ©Republic Pictures, Incorporated. Captioned at lower margin. Gene Autry (1907-1998), the original singing cowboy, appeared in his first western in 1934. He was the only western star to be listed among the top ten moneymakers from 1938-1942. In 1942, Autry was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song for "Be Honest With Me" from his film, Ridin' on a Rainbow. The Gene Autry Show was televised on CBS from 1950-1956, and The Adventures of Champion, which starred Autry's horse, also ran on CBS from 1955-1956. Scheduled opposite the popular series, Rin Tin Tin, it was cancelled in mid-season. Autry's business interests included a radio and TV chain, ranches, oil wells, a flying school, a music publishing company (he wrote 200 songs including "Here Comes Santa Claus") and the California Angels baseball team. Defects from original negative have reproduced on Storey's clothing. Fine condition.
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