SMILEY (LESTER) BURNETTE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 323773
Sale Price $378.00
The comedic actor is shown with one of his famed "black-eyed horses" in this signed photograph.
Inscribed photograph signed: "To Jimmy/from/Smiley/Burnette", B/w, 8x10. As seen in Pecos River when he played Spec Specialist, Burnette was known for his white horse with a black circle around one eye. 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 Millhouse, 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. Bowed. Corners creased. Soiled at top margin (not affecting signature). Edges rippled and slightly soiled. Signature lightly smudged but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.
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