SMILEY (LESTER) BURNETTE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 297626
Sale Price $360.00
Youthful image of Gene Autry's sidekick - playing the accordion!
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Keith/from/Smiley/Burnette". Sepia, 8x10. 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. Toned and worn. Corners worn and creased. Notch at center left edge. Heavy mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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