GENE AUTRY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 12/26/1942 - HFSID 226557
Sale Price $510.00
The Singing Cowboy signed this document in 1942 to give Loew's Incorporated permission to use his name in the Mickey Rooney film Girl Crazy.
Document signed "Gene Autry". With black ink date stamp and lead pencil notations in unknown hand. 1 page, 8¼x10¾. Dec. 26, 1942. Addressed to Loew's Incorporated, Culver City, California. Autry signed this document to give Loew's his consent to use his name in the Mickey Rooney film Girl Crazy (1943). According to this document, one of Rooney's friends was supposed to compliment him on how he looks after he puts on a cowboy outfit. His reply was, "Yeah - but if you bump into Gene Autry, tell him not to worry." Autry (1907-1998, born Orvon Grover Autry in Tioga, Texas), 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 to 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 to 1956, and The Adventures of Champion, which starred Autry's horse, also ran on CBS from 1955 to 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. Lightly toned and creased. Staple holes and two file holes at top edge. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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