HERS TO HOLD MOVIE CAST - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED CIRCA 1943 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSEPH COTTEN, DEANNA DURBIN - HFSID 74268
Sale Price $315.00
HERS TO HOLD: DEANNA DURBIN and JOSEPH COTTEN
Deanna Durbin and Joseph Cotten signs sheet music to "Say a Pray'r for the Boys Over There", from the film Hers to Hold.
Sheet Music inscribed and signed: "To Judy McMahon/Best wishes/Deanna Durbin/David", "Joseph Cotten", 4p, 9x11¾. Signed on front cover, which features a blue-hued b/w image of Durbin and Cotten. Words and music to "Say a Pray'r for the Boys Over There", from the film Hers to Hold, starring Durbin and Cotten. Publisher Souther Music Publishing Co., New York, N.Y., no date. Actress/singer DEANNA DURBIN (1921-2013) was Judy Garland's main film rival as an everyday girl with a beautiful voice. In 1937, the revenue from her two hits, Three Smart Girls and One Hundred Men and a Girl, saved Universal from bankruptcy. In 1938, Durbin, who would appear in a number of films that showcased her voice, was awarded a special Academy Award "for bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth." In addition to her acting, the soprano began recording for Decca as she was just turning 15. Disillusioned with Hollywood, she retired from films and has lived in France since 1950 with her third husband, Charles David, who directed her 1945 film Lady on a Train. JOSEPH COTTEN (1905-1994) made his Broadway debut in 1930, co-starring in Katharine Hepburn's Broadway comeback vehicle The Philadelphia Story (1939). Cotten made his feature-film debut in Citizen Kane (1941). A firmly established romantic lead by the early 1940s, he occasionally stepped outside his established screen image to play murderers (Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt,1943) and surly drunkards (Under Capricorn, 1949). Cotten won a Venice Film Festival award for his performance in Portrait of Jennie (1948). He later flourished on television as a guest performer on TV anthologies, including his own Joseph Cotten Show (1956). Hers to Hold features the romance of Penelope Craig (Durbin) and Bill Morley (Cotten), who is about depart for war. Slightly soiled. Slightly worn at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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