REPUBLIC PICTURES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: MONTE HALE, DALE EVANS, GENE AUTRY, ROY ROGERS - HFSID 280521
Sale Price $405.00
REPUBLIC PICTURES: ROY ROGERS, DALE EVANS, GENE AUTRY and MONTE HALE
This reproduction of the Republic Pictures logo is signed by three singing cowboys - and one singing cowgirl - who found fame or got their starts at Republic: Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry and Monte Hale.
Photograph signed "Roy Rogers" in blue ink, "Dale Evans" in black ink, "Gene Autry" in silver ink and "Monte Hall" in gold ink. Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. Color, 7¾x10 overall, 7½x9½ image, one surface. ROGERS (1911-1998, born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio) and EVANS (1912-2001, born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas) co-starred in The Cowboy and the Senorita (1944), The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944), Don't Fence Me In (1945), My Pal Trigger (1946), and Apache Rose (1947) before they got married in 1947. They starred on television on The Roy Rogers Show (1951-1957) and The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show (1962-1963) which closed with their theme song, Happy Trails to You, written by Evans. They were a devoted couple with many children (many of whom they adopted) and grandchildren. AUTRY (1907-1998, born Orvon Grover Autry in Tioga, Texas), the original singing cowboy, appeared in his first western in 1934. He was the only western star to be listed among the top ten moneymakers from 1938 to 1942. In 1942, Autry was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song for Be Honest With Me from his film Ridin' on a Rainbow. The Gene Autry Show was televised on CBS from 1950 to 1956, and The Adventures of Champion, which starred Autry's horse, also ran on CBS from 1955 to 1956. Scheduled opposite the popular series Rin Tin Tin, it was cancelled in mid-season. Autry's business interests included a radio and TV chain, ranches, oil wells, a flying school, a music publishing company (he wrote 200 songs including Here Comes Santa Claus) and the California Angels baseball team. One of Republic Pictures' singing cowboys, HALE (1919-2009, born Samuel Buren Ely in San Antonio, Texas) had supporting roles in Westerns starring Roy Rogers and Sunset Carson before starring in his own series of films in the late 1940s. He later toured with the band of singing cowboy composer Ray Whitley. Hale is a member of the Western Music Association Hall of Fame. Lightly bowed. Impressions from pencil notations on verso (do not touch signatures). Otherwise in fine condition.
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