PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1948 CO-SIGNED BY: PATRICIA NEAL, KATHLEEN HARRISON, EDANA ROMNEY, ALAN LADD, BILLY DE WOLFE - HFSID 175843
Sale Price $595.00
RONALD REAGAN, ALAN LADD, PATRICIA NEAL, KATHLEEN HARRISON, BILLY DE WOLFE,
and EDANA ROMNEY
160-page "Gala Souvenir Program" for a 1948 Royal Command Film Performance to benefit the Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund, signed by Ronald Reagan, Alan Ladd, Patricia Neal, Kathleen Harrison, Billy De Wolfe and Edana Romney. With an unsigned ticket to this event.
Program signed: "Alan Ladd" on page 21, "Edana Romney" and "Billy De Wolfe" on page 26 and "Ronald Reagan", "Kathleen Harrison" and "Patricia Neal" on page 85. Color cover with b/w and color pages, 160 pages, 8¾x11¼. "Gala Souvenir Porgramme" for a Royal Command Film Performance at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square, Westminster, London, England on Nov. 29, 1948 to benefit the Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund. The event including a viewing of Scott of the Antarctic (1948). Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Ink transference from some signatures. Edges of cover are worn and torn. Spine is worn and fragile. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned ticket to this event. Perforated left edge. Lightly torn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition. RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004) had two careers: actor and politician. His first movie was Love is on the Air (1937) and his 53rd and last film was The Killers (1964). In 1965, he wrote his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?, a line from his role as Drake McHugh in King's Row (1942). Reagan left his job hosting television's Death Valley Days during the 1965-1966 season, when he entered politics. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. Reagan began his campaign for the presidency and narrowly lost the 1976 Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984. After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. On February 6, 2001, Reagan became just the third U.S. President to reach the age of 90. With his icy good looks and a resonant voice, ALAN LADD (1913-1964) starred in entertaining adventures featuring him bare-chested and in fistfights. In 1942, he landed a major role in This Gun for Hire opposite Veronica Lake. Ladd quickly became a major star, and was teamed with Lake in other films -- all hits. On the Top Ten box-office attractions list in 1947, 1953 and 1954, Ladd continued to star in films throughout the 1950s. A leading lady of American plays and film, PATRICIA NEAL, born in 1926,studied drama in college and worked as a model before debuting on Broadway in The Voice of the Turtle (1946). Her performance in the play Another Part of the Forest got the attention of Hollywood, and she made her screen debut in the light farce John Loves Mary (1949); that same year she was impressive in The Fountainhead opposite Gary Cooper, whom she later said was the great love of her life. After marrying British writer Roald Dahl in 1953, she disappeared from the screen for several years, returning in 1957's A Face in the Crowd, after which she was more selective in choosing her film roles. For her performance in Hud (1963), she won the Best Actress Oscar. In 1965, she suffered a massive series of strokes that left her confined to a wheelchair, semi-paralyzed and nearly unable to speak; she made a remarkable recovery over several years, returning to the screen in The Subject Was Roses (1968), for which she received another Best Actress Oscar nomination. That same year she was presented with the "Heart of the Year" Award by President Johnson. Often typecast as a Cockney - even though she was born in Lancashire, England, far to the north of London - KATHLEEN HARRISON (1892-1995) was a veteran of 100 movies and TV shows between 1915 and 1979. She got her start in a minor role in 1915's Our Boys, then debuted on the London stage in a 1926 production of The Constant Flirt. She returned to films in Hobson's Choice (1931). Harrison appeared in several adaptations of Charles Dickens' novels, including Oliver Twist (1948) Scrooge (1951) and The Pickwick Papers (1952) and British TV adaptations of Martin Chuzzlewit (1964) and Our Mutual Friend (1976). She also appeared as Emily Huggett in a popular series of films about the Huggetts, the British answer to MGM's Hardys: Holiday Camp (1948), Here Come the Huggetts (1948), Vote for Huggett (1948) and The Huggetts Abroad (1949). BILLY De WOLFE (1907-1974) was an actor of vaudeville, stage, film and TV. He got his start in vaudeville and musical revues in the late 1930s; his best known act was "Mrs. Murgatroyd", with a mustachioed De Wolfe in spectacles and a flowered hat impersonating a middle-aged woman. His best known persona, though, was as a lisping, effeminate man with the catchphrase "Busy, busy, busy!" He first appeared on film in 1943, the first of his 30 movies and TV shows. His career enjoyed a renaissance in the 1960s and 1970s. Evidently, something in his campy performance struck a chord with audiences of that era, and he was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show (1970-1972). He also landed recurring roles as Jules Benedict on That Girl (1966-1969), as Roland B. Hutton, Jr. on Good Morning, World (1967) and as Willard Jarvis on The Doris Day Show (1969-1973). EDANA ROMNEY (1919-2002) was an actress with six movies and TV shows to her credit. Among her credits were co-writer and star on Corridor of Mirrors (1948), based on the novel by Christopher Massie. Two items.
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