WALTER SLEZAK - INSCRIBED SIGNATURE CO-SIGNED BY: CARL "DEACON" MOORE - HFSID 63432
Sale Price $108.00
WALTER SLEZAK and CARL "DEACON" MOORE
Walter Slezak and Carl "Deacon" Moore signs a piece of paper attached to an album leaf.
Inscribed Signature: "To Dona!/Walter Slezak", and on verso "Remember/your Pal/Carl Deacon/Moore", Slezak's signature page 6½x4¾ attached to 4¼x6 album leaf and Moore's signature page 4x3 (two surfaces). The son of Metropolitan Opera star Leo Slezak, 20-year-old WALTER SLEZAK (1902-1983, born in Vienna, Austria) entered show business by chance after meeting director Michael Curtiz, who cast him for a part in his silent German epic Sodom and Gomorrah (1922). The former bank clerk continued acting in films and on stage, becoming a Broadway stalwart in the 1930s. A strong, handsome man in his youth, he gained weight rapidly as middle age approached, pegging him as a character actor playing both villains and "teddy bears". Slezak made his American film debut as the Nazi baron in Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942). In 1955, he won a Tonyfor his role in the Broadway production of Fanny and went on to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. CARL "DEACON" MOORE (1915-1985) supplied drums and novelty vocals for a series of dance bands in the 1930s, eventually forming his own band performing at nightclubs, mostly in the Midwest (Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland). He earned his nickname for his comic monologues, which began, "Howdy, folks. This is the Deacon speakin'." When World War II reduced band opportunities, Moore began a second successful career as a country DJ known as 'the Squeakin' Deacon." Lightly soiled. Binding holes at upper margin. Ink names (unknown hand) at lower margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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