IF I HAD MY WAY MOVIE CAST - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: GLORIA JEAN, BING CROSBY - HFSID 65557
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IF I HAD MY WAY MOVIE CAST: CO-SIGNED BY BING CROSBY and GLORIA JEAN
Smiling photograph of the two stars of If I Had My Way, the second film for child actress Jean, who had been picked to be a successor to Deanna Durbin.
Photograph signed: "Gloria Jean" and "Bing Crosby". B/w with sepia hue, 7½x9½. Inscription and signature in unknown hand between the signatures of the two stars. Crosby and child actress Gloria Jean appeared together in If I Had My Way (Jean's second film) in 1940.HARRY LILLIS "BING" CROSBY (1904-1977) won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Actor for Going My Way. He was also nominated for Best Actor Oscars for The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) and The Country Girl (1954). Known for his relaxed "crooning" style of singing, Crosby recorded more than 1,600 songs that sold at least 500 million copies. His 1942 single of "White Christmas" sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and was the best-selling single in any music category for more than 50 years. In 1939, Universal studios, searching for a possible successor to their juvenile singing star, Deanna Durbin, cast actress GLORIA JEAN (born Gloria Jean Schoonover) in The Under-Pup, an inexpensive comedy-drama set in an Interlochen-style musical camp. The film was a hit, and Jean was signed to a Universal contract. Although the actress made 39 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, including Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) with W.C. Fields, her career was not as carefully monitored as Durbin's; allegedly, the studio had problems dealing with Jean's mother and surreptitiously punished her by sticking her daughter in second-rate roles. Jean also made occasional guest appearances on television, including roles on Death Valley Days (1954) and Annie Oakley (1955), before retiring from acting. Worthy of further research. Ink slightly beaded at Crosby's signature. Lightly creased and soiled at blank margins and corners. Minor surface creases and smudges (not evident head on). Mounting remnants on verso (no show through). Overall, fine condition.
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