JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE - BOOK PAGE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BOB STEELE, TRUMAN BRADLEY, GEORGE "GABBY" HAYES, JACK CARSON, CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS, DON AMECHE, HORACE HEIDT, WALTER BRENNAN, JAMES "JIMMIE" FIDLER, KEN MURRAY, ROBERT PRESTON, MARVIN "MARVE" FISHER, KAY ST. GERMAIN, DICK MCKNIGHT, GEORGE "BOB" BEBAN JR., AL LYONS, GRANT WITHERS - HFSID 284202
CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD: JOHN WAYNE and MANY OTHERS Book page signed by 21 Hollywood personalities, most of them well-known actors (and some musicians) Book page signed: "John Wayne", "Gabby Hayes", "Walter Brennan", "Don Ameche", "Bob Steele", "Buddy Rogers", "Horace Heidt", "Truman Bradley", "Jack Carson & Mrs.
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CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD: JOHN WAYNE and MANY OTHERS
Book page signed by 21 Hollywood personalities, most of them well-known actors (and some musicians)
Book page signed: "John Wayne", "Gabby Hayes", "Walter Brennan", "Don Ameche", "Bob Steele", "Buddy Rogers", "Horace Heidt", "Truman Bradley", "Jack Carson & Mrs. Jack Carson" [both names written by him], "Kay St. Germain", "Ken Murray", "Bob Preston", "Marve Fisher", "Dick McKnight", "Bob Beban", "Al Lyons", "Grant Withers" and 3 unidentified signatures, 9½x6¾. In all 21 signatures. Photo reproduction on verso shows filming of a movie scene with men in the rigging of a sailing ship. JOHN WAYNE (1907-1979, born Marion Michael Morrison) appeared in more films (over 250) than any other star. Best known for his roles in Westerns and war movies, he was the embodiment of the American hero in over 200 films, fighting (on screen) for his country in many of them. Wayne's long list of Westerns includes Stagecoach (1939), which made him a star, Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), Hondo (1953), Rio Bravo (1959, which Wayne and director Howard Hawks remade as El Dorado in 1967 and Rio Lobo in 1970) and The Shootist (1976, his last film). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1949 for The Sands of Iwo Jima, Wayne was awarded the 1969 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. Character actor GEORGE "GABBY" HAYES (1885-1969) was best known as the side-kick to a number of movie stars, beginning with John Wayne in 1933 Lone Star Westerns. He then starred with William Boyd ("Hopalong Cassidy) before going to Republic Pictures, where he was side-kick to Roy Rogers in a number of feature films. Hayes later starred on his own Saturday morning television show, The Gabby Hayes Show. In 1936, WALTER BRENNAN (1894-1974) won the first of his three Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards for his role as Swan Bostrom in Come and Get It, set in the Wisconsin woodlands. In 1938, he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as septuagenarian horse breeder Peter Goodwin in Kentucky and won again in 1940 for The Westerner, playing legendary Judge Roy Bean. Brennan was also nominated for the award in 1941 for Sergeant York. From 1957-1963, he was Grandpa Amos McCoy in TV's The Real McCoys. Brennan also portrayed a former cavalry scout raising his grandson in The Guns of Will Sonnett (ABC, 1967-1969. DON AMECHE (1908-1993) played mostly second leads until 1939, when he memorably played the title role in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. (For years afterward a telephone was often called an "ameche". That same year he portrayed D'Artagnan in a musical comedy version of The Three Musketeers, and he had major starring roles throughout the 1940s. (He also co-starred with Frances Langford in the long-running radio series, The Bickersons. Much less active in the next three decades, despite some low budget films and TV guest roles, he made a big comeback in the 1980s. In 1985, Ameche starred in Cocoon and won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It was his only Oscar nomination. He followed up that role to even more acclaim in 1988's concoction Things Change. Before his death in 1993, Ameche rounded out his career with short but acclaimed performances in Oscar (1991) and Corrina, Corrina (1994). BOB STEELE (1906-1988), a B-film Western hero of the late silent and early talkie era, performed well in other roles when given the chance, as in Of Mice and Men (1939) and The Big Sleep (1946). He continued to play supporting roles, mainly in Westerns, into the 1970s, and also played Trooper Duffy on TV's F Troop (1965-1967). CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS (1904-1999) played with a California-based swing band in the 1930s, but was better known for his films. He debuted in the silent film Wings (1927), which won the first-ever Oscar as best picture. That same year the actor who would be known at the peak of his popularity as "America's Boyfriend" was paired with "America's Sweetheart", Mary Pickford, in My Best Girl. In 1937, Rogers became Pickford's third and last husband. In later years he would often act as spokesman for his increasingly reclusive wife. Rogers' other films include Abie's Irish Rose (1928), Young Eagles (1930), Golden Hoofs (1941) and his last starring role, An Innocent Affair (1948). HORACE HEIDT (1901-1986), who had a childhood stammer and a seeming lack of interest in music, seemed an unlikely candidate for one of the most successful big band leaders of the late 1930s and early 1940s. He preferred football, but a back injury in college ended any football dreams that he might have had. To make a living, Heidt organized his first band, Horace Heidt and the Californians, in 1923. The band got bigger, went through some name changes and finally hit it big in 1936, when they got their first radio broadcast from the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois as Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights. The show, Heidt's Pot O' Gold, ran for nine years and included an on-air cash giveaway that helped the show retain its popularity. Heidt's hits include Gone with the Wind (1937), Little Heaven of the Seven Seas (1937) Ti-Pi-Tin (1938), The Man with the Mandolin (1939) and The Hut-Hut Song (1941). A number of important musicians and singers got their start with Heidt's band, including Gordon MacRae, Art Carney, and Bobby Hackett. Heidt invested in hotels and other property, becoming one of the wealthiest men in the entertainment business. TRUMAN BRADLEY (1905-1974) played supported roles in films for several years, beginning with Vacation from Love (1938). Then the film industry discovered his great talent as a narrator, beginning with the Errol Flynn war movie Objective: Burma, and continuing through many sports and news documentaries. From 1955 to 1957, he hosted Science Fiction Theatre, beginning each episode with this lead in: "Let me show you something interesting." Canadian-born actor and comedian JACK CARSON (1910-1963) got his first movie contract with RKO, where he spent an uncomfortable few years essaying bits in "A" pictures and supporting parts in "B" films. His fortunes improved when he moved to Warner Bros. in 1941, and Carson proved himself to be an able dramatic actor in films such as The Hard Way (1943) and Mildred Pierce (1945). Continuing to alternate comic and dramatic (sometimes villainous) roles throughout the 1950s, Carson starred in his own Jack Benny-style radio series, appeared successfully as a stand-up comedian in Las Vegas and was one of four rotating hosts on the 1950 TV variety series, All-Star Revue. KAY ST GERMAIN (1914-1994) was married to Jack Carson from 1941 to 1950. She had been a vocalist with the Anson Weeks Orchestra, introducing the now classic song, "I Only Have Eyes for You." She was the radio voice of Elsie the Cow for many years. Jack Carson's will required their daughter Germaine to revert to the name of Carson as a condition of her inheritance. KEN MURRAY (1903-1988) was an actor and vaudeville entertainer who hosted a radio variety show also featured on early television (CBS, 1950-1953). In the late 1920s he began filming home movies of Hollywood personalities; these have great documentary value today. American actor ROBERT PRESTON (1918-1987), star of Broadway musicals, won Tony awards for his performance as con man Harold Hill in The Music Man (1958), a role he repeated in the hit film four years later, and for I Do! I Do! (1966); he also received a Tony nod for and he was nominated in the same category in 1975 for Mack & Mabel (1975). He also received an Oscar nomination for Victor/Victoria (1982). In all, Preston appeared in over 70 movies and TV shows between 1938 and 1987. JIMMIE FIDLER (1900-1988) was one of America's hottest gossip columnist from the 1930s to the 1950s. His column Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood was syndicated in 360 papers, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post. He also began broadcasting a radio version in 1933. His radio show, known for its biting commentary and trademark sign-off "Good night to you, and you, and I do mean you!", was heard by 40 million people each week at its peak. Fidler continued broadcasting in one form or another, including the Fox Movietone News until retiring in 1983. MARVIN "MARVE" FISHER (1916-1993) composed many popular songs, including "When Sunny Gets Blue," "Destination Moon," and "Old Fashioned Girl." His songs were recorded by such artists as Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Mabel Mercer and George Shearing. Fisher was an arranger for many big bands, including those of Glenn Miller and the Dorsey brothers. His father, Fred Fisher, had been a noted Tin Pan Alley Composer ("Chicago," "Peg o' My Heart"). DICK McKNIGHT was a writer for Martin & Lewis, first on their own TV series (1949-1950) and then on the Colgate Comedy Hour. GEORGE "BOB" BEBAN, JR. (1914-1977) was a bit player in several films of the 1940s and early 1950s, appearing in Cry Havoc as "Dying Man" (1943), Buck Private Comes Home as "GI Buddy" (1946) and The Babe Ruth Story as "Player" (1948). He re-appeared on TV series of the 1960s, including Lassie and Mayberry: RFD. He may have asked to be credited as "Bob" to avoid confusion with his more famous father, silent film star George Beban, Sr. AL LYONS led a swing band of the 1930s and 1940s. The band may be seen performing four numbers in the early technicolor film Hollywood Party (1937). American actor GRANT WITHERS (1905-1959) began acting during the silent film era and transitioned well with the introduction of "talkies". From 1944 to 1954 Withers was under contract with Republic Pictures. He appeared in nine films with actor John Wayne including Fort Apache (1948) and Rio Grande (1950). Some of his other films include Mr. Wong, Detective (1938) which he starred in with actor Boris Karloff and My Darling Clementine (1946). His career spanned from the 1920's to the late 1950's and he also appeared in a number of television series. In 1930 he eloped with 17 year old actress Loretta Young which was widely publicized at the time. Withers committed suicide in March of 1959 by overdosing on barbiturates. Soiled. All edges ragged. Creased. Residue on left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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