IRVING MANSFIELD - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JACK BUETEL - HFSID 19081
IRVING MANSFIELD and JACK BUETEL
Autograph Note signed by Mansfield, on a strip of paper bearing Buetel's signature on verso
Autograph Note signed: "Irving Mansfield - in love and admiration - Oct. 1, 1945" and on verso "Jack Buetel", 9½x1. TV producer and publicist IRVING MANSFIELD (1908-1988) was married for 35 years to author Jacqueline Susann, and spent much of his career publicizing her novels and producing the film versions. The marriage worked despite Susann's many infidelities; Mansfield was adept at generating good publicity for her and her books. Susann died in 1974; Irving co-authored a memoir, Life with Jackie, in 1983. Mansfield didn't rely entirely on his wife for his success. He produced several other TV shows for CBS beginning in the late 1940s, including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, and the Morey Amsterdam and Frank Sinatra shows. Handsome actor JACK BUETEL (1915-1989) might have been a star. He made his film debut as Billy the Kid, opposite fellow newcomer Jane Russell in Howard Hughes' notorious The Outlaw (released 1943, but not widely shown until 1946). Then Hughes, who had promised him stardom, refused to use him again and refused to loan him to other directors (including Howard Hawks), even though he was under contract. He finally returned to the screen in Best of the Badmen (1951), and spent another decade in secondary Western roles. He had a recurring role in the syndicated TV series Judge Roy Bean (1956), and appeared on Maverick, Wagon Train and Hawaiian Eye. Right edge ragged from previous binding. Mansfield's autograph note, though readable, is missing the lower part of several letters. (Signature is intact.) Pencil *'s at either side of signature. Lightly toned Otherwise, fine condition.
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