THE AIR ADVENTURES OF JIMMIE ALLEN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED IN CHARACTER - HFSID 18935
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THE AIR ADVENTURES OF JIMMIE ALLEN
Autograph letter fragment "signed" by the fictional radio star Jimmie Allen, discussing his movie The Sky Parade
Autograph Letter Fragment signed in character: "Jimmie Allen", 1 page present, 8½x8 Portion of letter present begins in mid-sentence: "other members in the cast had infinitely more acting experience, no one except myself ever before flew a plane. The entire company put forth their best efforts to make this picture, which is based upon Richfield Oil radio program, a success. I hope that I am able to repeat my radio success on the screen and that you will enjoy 'The Sky Parade' at the Rialto Theater." In 1933, the staff of Kansas City radio station WDAF came up with the idea of a radio aerial adventure series starring a 16-year old character, "Jimmie Allen." Staff members from K.C. radio stations filled all the parts. The voice of Jimmie on the air was that of WDAF director John Frank, a man in his 40s. Although never sold to a network, the show became a nationwide success. A young man, Murray McLean, was then hired to pose as Jimmie in personal appearances. The show brought a windfall of publicity to Richfield. Fans could sign up to join the Jimmie Allen Flying Club at Skelly stations, and receive promotional prizes. The promotions included letters to fans, of which this must be one. The Sky Parade (1936), mentioned in this letter, maintained the fiction of a real Jimmie Allen by listing an actor of that name in the title role. William Gargan played Jimmie's companion and mentor World War I flying ace "Speed Robertson." The show prospered through 1937 and was revived for 400 episodes in 1947. Repeats continued on the airwaves into the 1950s, and a CD featuring many of the 15-minute broadcasts has now been released. Top edge ragged. Lightly toned and creased. 1 horizontal fold crease through center. Notch at right bottom edge. Corners creased. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise fine condition.
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