THE BEST MAN PLAY CAST A playbill for a production of The Best Man, signed by Frank Lovejoy, Leora Dana, Kent Smith, and three others Show bill signed: "Frank Lovejoy", "Kent Smith", "James/Westerfield", inside pages:

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A playbill for a production of The Best Man, signed by Frank Lovejoy, Leora Dana, Kent Smith, and three others
Show bill signed: "Frank Lovejoy", "Kent Smith", "James/Westerfield", inside pages: "Leora Dana", "Kathleen Maguire", "Ruth McDevitt", in blue ink, 5½x8½, 20 pages. Playbill for a production of The Best Man at the American Theatre. FRANK LOVEJOY (1912-1962) made his debut on Broadway in 1934. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was a popular radio actor, appearing on such programs as Gangbusters, Night Beat and Damon Runyon Theater and starring as the title character on the syndicated show, The Blue Beetle. After Lovejoy made his film debut in Black Bart in 1948, he would go on to appear in such films as The Sound of Fury (1950), Goodbye, My Fancy (1951), The Hitch-Hiker (1953), Men of the Fighting Lady (1954) and Strategic Air Command (1955). Lovejoy was also frequently seen on the small screen from 1953, when he appeared in the first of three guest-starring roles on Lux Video Theatre (he would be nominated for an Emmy Award for his appearance on "Double Indemnity", a 1954 episode of the show). In addition to appearing in guest-starring roles on other anthologies and series (including multiple appearances on Stage 7 (1955), The Star and the Story (1955-1956), Four Star Playhouse (1953-1956), Letter to Loretta (1956-1959), Zane Grey Theater (1957-1959) and The United States Steel Hour (1954, 1960), Lovejoy had two series of his own, Man Against Crime (1956) and Meet McGraw (1957-1958), and he hosted Playhouse 90 four times between 1956-1959. Actress LEORA DANA (1923-1983) performed on stage and screen, with her Broadway debut being the 1948 play The Madwoman of Challiot. Two of her Broadway roles were critically received; A co-starring role as Alice Russell in The Best Man (1960) which was nominated for a Tony, and Elizabeth Edwards in The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1972), which won her a Tony. Although she worked on screen and film as well, most of the roles were minor, excluding a role in the 1958 film Some Came Running. KENT SMITH (1907-1985) debuted on Broadway in 1932, and on film four years later. His stage successes included Dodsworth (1934-1935) and Bus Stop (1955-1956). His first movie role was in The Green Murder Case (1936), the last in Billie Jack Goes to Washington (1977). His early gray hair hastened his transition from B-movie leading man to character actor. His many TV appearances included a recurring role on Peyton Place. Also signed by KATHLEEN MAGUIRE as Mabel Cantwell, JAMES WESTERFIELD as Arthur Hockstader, and RUTH MCDeVITT as Mrs. Gamadge. Lightly soiled. Slightly toned. Corners lightly worn. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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