HENRY FONDA - BOOK PAGE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: WAYNE MORRIS - HFSID 284243
HENRY FONDA and WAYNE MORRIS They sign opposite sides of a book page featuring photos of actors who served in World War II, themselves included Book Page signed: "Henry Fonda", 6¾x9½, and on verso "Wayne Morris"
Sale Price $288.00
HENRY FONDA and WAYNE MORRIS They sign opposite sides of a book page featuring photos of actors who served in World War II, themselves included Book Page signed: "Henry Fonda", 6¾x9½, and on verso "Wayne Morris". Pages 65-66 of the book Movie Lot to Beachhead, by the editors of Look magazine (1945). Pictured on the same page with Fonda are Jackie Coogan, Lew Ayres and Gene Raymond, all in uniform, with captions describing the participation of each. On verso Morris, who won the Distinguished Flying Cross, is pictured with three other Navy pilots, while Tyrone Power and Sterling Hayden are shown in separate photos. HENRY FONDA, named by the American Film Institute as the 6th greatest male film star of all time, didn't win his first Oscar until 1982, months before his death (for On Golden Pond). Fonda, who served in the US Navy in World War II but saw no combat, made many later films about the conflict. Especially noteworthy were The Longest Day (1962), Battle of the Bulge and In Harm's Way (both 1965). Fonda had narrated a documentary on the Battle of Midway in 1942; in 1976 he portrayed Admiral Chester Nimitz in a dramatization of that clash, Midway. WAYNE MORRIS (1914-1959), who was emerging as a strong second lead in films of the 1930s, made the prophetic I Wanted Wings in 1941. His movie wish came true, when as a naval aviator in World War II he won four Distinguished Service Crosses for his combat heroics in the Pacific. He took to the air again in the 1949 film Task Force, and was then featured in the anti-war film set in World War I, Paths of Glory (1957). Morris' film career never really recovered from his screen absence during the war, and the man who had dodged Japanese bullets died of a heart attack at age 45. Right edge torn from previous binding. Lightly soiled. Otherwise fine condition.
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