ROBERT MITCHUM - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MONTE HALE, BUDDY EBSEN, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR., REX ALLEN - HFSID 225014
Sale Price $270.00
ROBERT MITCHUM, BUDDY EBSEN, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR, MONTE HALE and REX ALLEN
The five actors sign this First Day Cover honoring Douglas Fairbanks
First Day Cover signed: "Robert/Mitchum", "Buddy Ebsen", "Monte Hale", "Rex Allen", and "Douglas Fairbanks Jr.", in various inks, 6½x3½. FDC honoring Douglas Fairbanks. Postmarked Denver, Colorado, May 23, 1984. 20¢ Douglas Fairbanks stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. ROBERT MITCHUM (1917-1997) played mostly villains early in his film career, including Out of the Past (1947) and Cape Fear (1962). In 1945, he starred in The Story of G.I. Joe and earned his first and only Oscar nomination. He also portrayed detective Phillip Marlowe in Farewell My Lovely (1975) and The Big Sleep (1978), and starred in the TV miniseries The Winds of War (1983) and its sequel, War and Remembrance (1989). Singing cowboy REX ALLEN (1920-1999) appeared on stage, rodeo and radio (National Barn Dance) before beginning his film career. In a span of five years (1949-1954), he made over 20 Westerns, many featuring sidekick Slim Pickens and his horse Ko Ko. Allen starred in TV's Frontier Doctor (1956), and was the narrator in many Disney films, including The Incredible Journey (1963) and Charlotte's Web (1973). Originally a dancer, BUDDY EBSEN (1908-2003, born Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr. in Belleville, Illinois) did just that in many films of the 1930s. Later a sidekick to Western heroes Rex Allen and Fess Parker, he also played serious character roles, as in Night People (1955). His greatest success came on TV, however, where he starred in two popular series, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971) and Barnaby Jones (1973-1980). One of Republic Pictures' singing cowboys, MONTE HALE (b. 1919) had supporting roles in Westerns starring Roy Rogers and Sunset Carson before starring in his own series of films in the late 1940s. Later he toured with the band of singing cowboy composer Ray Whitley. Hale has been inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame. DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. (1909-2000), the son of the dashing actor of the 1920s and Anna Beth Sully, the daughter of an industrialist, was raised by his mother after his parents' divorce in 1918. At the age of 13, he starred in Lasky's Stephen Steps Out, an unsuccessful attempt to exploit the Fairbanks name. Although the younger Fairbanks, a movie producer as well as an actor, appeared in some 75 films, his father took little interest in his son's career, and the two did not become close friends until the early 1930s. His feature films included Stella Dallas (1926), Little Caesar (1930), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Gunga Din (1939) and Sinbad the Sailor (1947), and Fairbanks also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and hosted the anthology series, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents (1952-1955). In the 1930s, he was married to actress Joan Crawford. Fine condition.
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