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Eight Hollywood Western stars sign this 11½x13½ photograph for the 4th annual Western Film Collector's Western Film Festival.

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Condition: Lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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Eight Hollywood Western stars sign this 11½x13½ photograph for the 4th annual Western Film Collector's Western Film Festival.
Inscribed Photograph signed: "To Bob love always Peggy Stewart", "Bob/Best of Luck/Ray Whitley", "To my friend Bob with/sincere Best Wishes/Reb Russell", "Russell Hayden", "Eddie Dean", "To Bob Harry Lauter", "To Bob/Jim Bannon/Red Ryder" and "Best wishes to Bob, Al Hoxie", B/w 11½x13½. A photograph for the 4th annual Western Film Collector's Western Film Festival in July 1975, Nashville, Tennessee. PEGGY STEWART (born Peggy O'Rourke in 1923), who appeared in many films, mostly Westerns, from the late 1930s into the 1960s, was one of Republic Picture's leading ladies in the 1940s. Tired of being cast in serials, she left Republic, but continued making occasional films. Stewart later appeared in several made-for-TV movies and was a guest star on a number of TV series, and she made stage appearances in the Los Angeles area. Stewart, who was married to actors Don "Red" Barry (1940-1944) and Buck Young (1953 until his death in 2000), is also a popular figure at Western film and nostalgia gatherings. 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 in 1990. HARRY LAUTER (1914-1990) was a character actor that nearly made it to stardom with the lead role in the 52 episode TV series Tales of the Texas Rangers (1955-1958). A career spanning nearly 40 years, hundreds of credits-more if you count his uncredited appearances from his early days in film, Lauter was an in-demand, always busy, quality character actor. A list of the TV series on which he appeared 10 times or more includes The Gene Autry Show, Annie Oakley, The Lone Ranger, Range Rider, Gunsmoke and Rawhide. He appeared on many crime dramas, too, just not as often. Lafayette "REB" RUSSELL (1905-1978) was an All-American fullback at Northwestern. With some other football stars, he appeared in The All-American (1932). This film debut led to starring roles in 10 Poverty Row Westerns (1934-1936), beginning with Fighting to Live. Leaving films, Russell began appearing in Wild West shows, became a cattle rancher in Coffeyville, Kansas, and almost won a Congressional seat in 1964. JIM BANNON (1911-1984) was a radio, TV and movie actor of the 1940s and 1950s. He starred as detective Jack Packard in a series of crime films, beginning with I Love a Mystery (1945), and as Red Ryder (the fourth to play that role) in four 1949 films. He made many TV appearances in the 1950s, with recurring roles on The Gene Autry Show and its spin-off, The Adventures of Champion, and made multiple appearances on Westerns (The Lone Ranger, The Range Rider) and other popular series (Sea Hunt, Lassie). His last appearance was in an episode of Death Valley Days (1965). RUSSELL HAYDEN (1912-1981, born Pate Lucid in Chico, California) was an American actor with almost 80 films and TV shows, mostly Westerns, to his credit between 1937 and 1963. Hayden was a grip, sound man, film cutter and assistant cameraman before he took up acting. One of his first roles was as Lucky Jenkins, sidekick to William Boyd's Hopalong Cassidy, between 1937 and 1941. He later starred in, and sometimes produced, his own films from the 1940s onward. Hayden turned to TV in the 1950s, producing and directing Western series like Judge Roy Bean, in which he also starred. Actor AL HOXIE (1901-1982) was a leading man of the silent Westerns. The half-brother of actor Jack Hoxie, he began his Hollywood career as a stuntman before making his bow in a bit part in 1914. Al, who appeared in a number of films beginning in 1920, made his last three films in 1934. RAY WHITLEY (1901-1979) was a actor and songwriter who played supporting and sidekick roles in many Western movies of the 1930s and 1940s. His last film part was in Giant (1956). Whitley wrote or co-wrote many songs for Western films, including Gene Autrey's signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again." He remained a popular musical performer at rodeos and western film conventions. Worn and soiled. Lightly creased. Multiple pin-head size holes at top center. 1½x½-inch piece missing from top left corner (affecting Ray Whitley's inscription). Stewart's inscription and signature lightly faded (still visible). Otherwise, fine condition.

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