Rare program for the 4th Annual Western Film Festival in 1975, signed by ten country stars, including Peggy Stewart, Buster Crabbe, Eddie Dean, Reb Russell, and Al Hoxie, all on their respective bios within the program

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Rare program for the 4th Annual Western Film Festival in 1975, signed by ten country stars, including Peggy Stewart, Buster Crabbe, Eddie Dean, Reb Russell, and Al Hoxie, all on their respective bios within the program
Inscribed program signed: "To/Carl-/Best of luck/to my [illegible]pal/Ray "Crash"/Corrigan/July/1975", "Jim Bannon/Red Ryder", "Buster Crabbe", "Eddie Dean", "Russell Hayden", "Best wishes to Carl, Al Hoxie", "Harry Lauter", "My best wishes!/Dorothy Fay 1975/[illegible]", "To my friend Carl/with Best Wishes/Rev Russell", "Carl-/love ya,/Peggy Stewart", "Best wishes/Ray Whitley", 5½x8½. 10 pages. BUSTER CRABBE (1908-1983, born Clarence Linden Crabbe in Oakland, California), who won the Gold Medal in the 400-meter swim at the 1932 Olympic games, went on to star in over 100 adventure films, many set in outer space (most as Flash Gordon), and the Wild West (as Billy "the Kid" Carson). In 1933, Crabbe also starred as Tarzan in the Principal Pictures 16-part serial film. Ironically, in winning his Olympic medal, Crabbe had broken the record set by MGM's rival Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller. EDDIE DEAN (1907-1999) a former singer on the popular National Barn Dance radio program in 1934, became a featured performer on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and The Judy Canova Show. In 1938, Autry offered Dean a film role in Western Jamboree, beginning an eight-year stint in low budget Westerns, including five Hopalong Cassidy films and the serial, The Lone Ranger Rides Again. Ironically, Dean was not asked to sing until 1944's Harmony Trail, which brought him to the attention of PRC, a low-budget studio. The studio, which hoped to compete with Republic's Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, released the first Eddie Dean musical westerns in color, making their singing cowboy the first star of color "B" Westerns. Dean was first teamed with Emmett Lynn, who was later replaced by Roscoe Ates, his best-remembered sidekick. In addition to his film work, Dean appeared on the TV series, The Beverly Hillbillies (1963), and wrote songs for other country artists, including "One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart", which was a hit for Jimmy Wakely, and "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven", which became one of Tex Ritter's most successful recordings. Dean, who received a "Pioneer Award" from the Academy of Country Music, was inducted into the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame in1990. PEGGY STEWART (born in 1923) appeared in many films, mostly Westerns, from the late 1930s into the 1960s. She was one of Republic Picture's leading ladies in the 1940s. Stewart remained a popular figure at Western film and nostalgia gatherings. Also signed by footballer REB RUSSELL, silent actor AL HOXIE, actor JIM BANNON, actress DOROTHY FAY, stuntman and actor RAY "CRASH" CORRIGAN, actor RUSSELL HAYDEN, and songwriter and actor RAY WHITLEY. Large fold through center. Toned. Corners lightly worn. Faint stains across cover. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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