SMILEY (LESTER) BURNETTE - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1940 CO-SIGNED BY: LUIS ALBERNI - HFSID 321750
Sale Price $216.00
SMILEY BURNETTE and LUIS ALBERNI
The actors sign their names in blue ink next to photographs on album leaf
Signature: "Smiley/ Burnette" and on verso, "Luis Alberni" in blue ink. 2 pages, front and verso, 5¾x4¼. Affixed is a photo of the actors next to their respective signatures. Actor, singer and songwriter Smiley Burnette (1911-1967), born Lester Alvin Burnette, appeared on vaudeville before joining his friend, Gene Autry, on the radio show, The National Barn Dance. Burnette and Autry broke into films together in 1934 (In Old Santa Fe), and they went on to appear in over 80 Westerns. Burnette, who played Autry's sidekick, Frog Milhouse, also provided comic relief for other Western stars, including Sunset Carson and Charles "Durango Kid" Starrett. A talented musician who played over 100 instruments, Burnette wrote over 300 Western songs, some of which he sang in his films. After retiring from the big screen in 1953, Burnette debuted on the small screen in 1958, appearing as a regular on the TV series, Ranch Party. His best known TV role was as Charley Pratt (1963-1967) on the TV sitcom, Petticoat Junction. Spanish actor Luis Alberni (1887-1962) appeared on stages in Europe before coming to the US in 1915. He made several Broadway appearnces through the 1920, and then became a supporting film actor, often playing excitable Italians and other South Europeans. Among his film credits were Svengali (1931), Road to Zanzibar (1941) and What Price Glory (1952). Binding holes in right margin. Toned. Corners rounded. Small ink stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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