JOSE ITURBI - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 1958 CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLES DRAKE - HFSID 88837
Sale Price $180.00
JOSÉ ITURBI and CHARLES DRAKE
Album leaf signed by conductor José Iturbi and actor Charles Drake in 1958, with small b/w photos of each affixed
Autograph Note signed "To Friend/Louie,/with my/compliments/José Iturbi/1958" and, on verso, "To Louie/Best Wishes/always/Charles/Drake", both in blue ink. 5¾x4, rounded top left corner, binder holes along left edge. With small b/w printed photos of Iturbi and Drake affixed. Born in Spain, ITURBI (1895-1980) came to the U. S. in 1929 and spent eight years as conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic. In the 1940s, he appeared in several MGM films - usually playing himself. Iturbi's biggest success came during his Hollywood years with his adaptation of Chopin's Polonaise in A Minor for the 1945 film A Song to Remember. Unfortunately, because of his Hollywood success, it caused many to undervalue him as a serious musician. Saleman-turned-actor DRAKE (1914-1994) appeared in almost 140 movies and TV shows between 1938 and 1976, with notable performances as Dr. Sanderson in Harvey (1950), cowardly con man Steve Miller in Winchester '73 (1950) and five appearances in Audie Murphy movies, including Gunsmoke (1953), To Hell and Back (1955) and No Name on the Bullet (1959). Most of his credits after 1954 are on TV, including numerous appearances on Robert Montgomery Presents (1955-1956) and Wagon Train (1958-1964) and recurring roles in Rendezvous (1957-1961). Star Trek fans may remember him as Commodore Stockley from the 1967 original series episode The Deadly Years. Drake also appeared on Broadway once, as a singer in the original 46th Street Theatre production of Guys and Dolls. Lightly creased. Irregular bottom edge. Drake's photo touches his signature. Otherwise in fine condition.
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