GENE AUTRY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 76630
Sale Price $378.00
GENE AUTRY. Photograph signed: "Gene/Autry". B/w, 10x7¾. Still of the singing cowboy and his horse, Champion, from the 1949 Columbia film, Riders of the Whistling Pines. c1963. Captioned at lower margin. Autry's second film for Columbia after leaving Republic, it was one of his longest films (at 72 minutes) for the studio. Autry's comic sidekick, Smiley Burnette, and Clayton Moore also appeared in the film, whose rights were purchased by Gene Autry productions. 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 aradio 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. Fine condition.
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