LYLE BETTGER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/14 - HFSID 314467
Sale Price $378.00
The actor signs a letter to Daniel Blum, founder of Theatre World, sending him a requested photograph and speaking of his recent play roles
Autograph letter signed: "Lyle Bettger", in blue ink, 2 pages (front and verso), 11x7 open flat, 5½x7 closed. In full: "Dear Mr. Blum, Here is the photo you requested, and I positively will see what I can dig up on the "Oh Brother" scenes, etc. [items not included] Shortly after you + I had our phone talk, I left hurriedly for Chicago to play in a show called, "A Young American". It folded quietly after last Sat. nite's performance. That is why you haven't heard from me. One way or the other, you'll hear from me by next Thursday or Tuesday. Thanking you in advance for the copy of Theatre World, I am, Sincerely". Lyle S. Bettger (1915-2003) was a character actor of the stage and screen. His theatrical debut was in "Brother Rat" at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City in 1936. After a short time he landed the lead role in the Broadway production of "The Flying Gerardos" in 1940. Bettger's movie career began when he was cast as the lead in the film noir No Man of Her Own (1950). He soon became a regular on the set of Westerns and became known for playing the bad guy in such films as Union Station (1950), the Oscar winning film The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), and The Sea Chase (1955). Bettger also made many appearances on television, starring in the 1957 series The Court of Last Resort as well as guest starring on Hawaii Five-O, Rawhide, The Tall Man, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Blue Light, The Time Tunnel, and as Calvin Hawks in the episode "The Lawless Seven" of NBC's Laramie western series. Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, also furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. Toned. Hole in top left corner. Light surface creases. Fold in center. Otherwise, fine condition.
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