IRON EYES CODY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1983 CO-SIGNED BY: YAKIMA CANUTT, OLIVER DRAKE - HFSID 323885
Sale Price $450.00
IRON EYES CODY, YAKIMA CANUTT, and OLIVER DRAKECandid 4½x3½ photograph of the Western actors who have signed on their respective images Inscribed Photograph signed: "Iron Eyes Cody/ 1983" and "Yaki" both in black felt tip, and "To Clint,/ Oliver Drake" in blue felt tip, color, 4½x3½. IRON EYES CODY (1907-1999)appeared in over 100 films and more than 35 television series as an American Indian, but his name at birth was Espera DeCorti (he was the son of two first generation Italian immigrants). Cody, who appeared in a number of films with Roy Rogers, including Young Bill Hickock, Young Buffalo Bill, In Old Cheyenne, Under Nevada Skies, North of the Great Divide, Son of Paleface and Alias Jesse James, was best known as the Indian who sheds a tear for a blighted American environment in the "Keep America Beautiful" television ads that ran from 1971 into the 1980s. A rodeo champion, Enos Edward CANUTT (1894-1986) was nicknamed "THE MAN FROM YAKIMA".In 1917, he met Hollywood cowboy star Tom Mix, who recruited him as a stuntman. Canutt quickly became one of the leading fall guys in the industry, with a knack for horse spills and wagon wrecks. In the 1939 classic, Stagecoach, Canutt was not only the stunt supervisor, but he also appeared onscreen to take falls for a cowboy, an Indian, and even a woman. As he grew older, Canutt's injuries took their toll, but he made a successful transition from stuntman, to coordinator, to director. In 1966, Canutt received a special Academy Award for his lifetime of excellence as a stunt performer. His book, Stuntman, was published in 1979. Canutt was 91 when he died in 1986. OLIVER DRAKE (1903-1991) wrote, directed, and produced a long list of Westerns in the 1930s and 1940s. He also acted in one film, Red Blood and Blue (1925) and composed songs for a number of films. Drake's songs include Moon Over Montana, Sweetheart of the Rio Grande, Stardust Trail, Rose of the Prairie and Guns and Guitars. In the 1950s and 1960s, Drake directed TV's Sky King (1951-1962) and Colt .45 (1957-1960) as well as feature films. Fine condition.
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