W. C. FIELDS - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JACKIE COOGAN - HFSID 342919
W.C. FIELDS and JACKIE COOGAN The two vaudeville and early Hollywood stars signs their names on "memoranda" notebook page Signatures: "W.C. Fields" in black ink and "Jack Coogan" in pencil. Co-signers: "Ralp Harolds" and "Sal Birchfield" merit further research.
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W.C. FIELDS and JACKIE COOGAN
The two vaudeville and early Hollywood stars signs their names on "memoranda" notebook page
Signatures: "W.C. Fields" in black ink and "Jack Coogan" in pencil. Co-signers: "Ralp Harolds" and "Sal Birchfield" merit further research. 1 page, 3¾x5¼, captioned "Memoranda" in top margin. W.C. FIELDS (1879-1946) began entertaining as an amusement park juggler at the age of fourteen. He was a vaudeville headliner before he was twenty and toured Europe in 1901, giving a command performance at Buckingham Palace. His Broadway debut in The Ham Tree (1905) was followed by appearances in the Ziegfeld Follies (1915-1921) and in George White's Scandals (1933). Fields starred in Poppy on Broadway (1923) and the next year made his first film, Janice Meredith (1924). Fields' style, verbal rather than visual, and irascible con-man philosophy made him a favorite, especially with the advent of sound, where his raspy voice provided the final touch to his comedy. He starred in movies including My Little Chickadee (1940) and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941). Fields often referred to himself ironically as "The Great Man", and his character is called that in a later film, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941). Child actor JACKIE COOGAN (1914-1984), a vaudeville stage performer since age four, was tapped by Charlie Chaplin to appear in A Day's Pleasure in 1919. Two years later, Coogan starred with Chaplin in his masterpiece, The Kid, beginning a rise to stardom that would result in Coogan becoming one of the highest paid film actors of the day. The two actors reunited in 1972, when Chaplin returned to Hollywood to receive a life achievement Academy Award. Coogan's other film credits include Oliver Twist (1922), Tom Sawyer (1930),Huckleberry Finn (1931), The Buster Keaton Story (1957), Girl Happy (1965),The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), Cahill, United States Marshal (1973) and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976). On the small screen, Coogan is perhaps best remembered for his role as Uncle Fester on The Addams Family (1964-1966), but he also appeared in a number of other series, including Playhouse 90, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Love, American Style, Gunsmoke, McMillan & Wife and Police Story. Toned. Left edge torn and frayed. Corners rounded. Soiled and slightly worn. Light surface creases. Slightly water damage but not on signatures. Otherwise, fine condition.
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