WINGS MOVIE CAST - INSCRIBED BOOK SIGNED 05/08/1965 CO-SIGNED BY: RICHARD ARLEN, CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS, WILLIAM A. WELLMAN, ADOLPH "POPS" ZUKOR, LUCIEN HUBBARD - HFSID 290754
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WINGS MOVIE CAST: RICHARD ARLEN, BUDDY ROGERS, WILLIAM WELLMAN, LUCIEN HUBBARD and ADOLPH ZUKOR
Book based on the Oscar-winning film, signed by five members of the cast and crew, presented as a gift by Zukor
Book inscribed and signed: "Adolph Zukor" (on the presentation page); "'To Art'/With my very best/Wishes/Sincerely/Richard Arlen/May 8th 1965" (on a photo reproduction from the film); and 3 signatures on the flyleaf: "Lucien Hubbard/2/29/68", "William A. Wellman/5/20/68", "Charles Buddy Rogers", 249 pages, 5x7¾. Wings, by John Monk Saunders (based on the Paramount film). N.Y: Grosset & Dunlap, 1927. On July 12, 1912, ADOLPH ZUKOR (1873-1976, born in Ricse, Austria-Hungary, now Hungary) premiered the first feature length film, the 40-minute long Queen Elizabeth starring French actress Sarah Bernhardt. He produced the first American-made feature film, The Prisoner of Zenda, in 1914. In 1917, Zukor combined his Famous Players-Lasky Corporation with the Paramount distributors to form Paramount Pictures. In 1949, an Honorary Academy Award was presented to Zukor, "a man who has been called the father of the feature film in America, for his services to the industry over a period of forty years." Zukor had a talent for recognizing and promoting stars, as with Gary Cooper in Wings, one of Paramount's greatest triumphs. Zukor remained Paramount's Chairman of the Board until his death at 103.WILLIAM WELLMAN (1896-1975) won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story for A Star is Born (1937), and he would be nominated for Best Director Oscars for A Star is Born, Battleground (1949) and The High and the Mighty (1954). Wellman, a veteran of the Lafayette Escadrille during WWI, broke into the movie business, first as an actor and then as a director, with the help of his friend, Douglas Fairbanks. His wartime service was no doubt one reason he was entrusted with the World War I flying epic Wings (1927), winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture. Known as a volatile director who had great disdain for actors, Wellman nonetheless went on to direct a number of acclaimed films, including The Public Enemy (1931), which made James Cagney a superstar, Nothing Sacred (1937), Beau Geste (1939), Roxie Hart (1942), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Story of G.I. Joe (1945) and Lafayette Escadrille (1958) as well as his Oscar winning and nominated films. As a producer, Wellman made the silent version of Cecil B. DeMille's Ben Hur (1923) RICHARD ARLEN (1900-1976), born Richard Cornelius van Mattimore, costarred with Buddy Rogers and Clara Bow in Wings. (He rejoined Rogers on an episode of Petticoat Junction, and in a Wings parody on the Lucy Show (1967) One of Paramount's most popular leading men in the 1920s and 1930s, Arlen continued to act through the 1970s. His film credits include The Virginian (1929), The Santa Fe Trail (1930), Helldorado (1935), Call of the Yukon (1938), That's My Baby (1944), Hurricane Smith (1952), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), Johnny Reno (1966) and The Great Call of the Wild (1976, his last film). CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS (1904-1999) played with a California-based swing band in the 1930s, but was better known for his films. He debuted in the silent film Wings (1927), featured here. That same year the actor who would be known at the peak of his popularity as "America's Boyfriend" was paired with "America's Sweetheart", Mary Pickford, in My Best Girl. In 1937, Rogers became Pickford's third and last husband. In later years he would often act as spokesman for his increasingly reclusive wife. Rogers' other films include Abie's Irish Rose (1928), Young Eagles (1930), Golden Hoofs (1941) and his last starring role, An Innocent Affair (1948). LUCIEN HUBBARD (1888-1971) was the night editor of the New York Times before moving to Hollywood as a writer and then producer. His scripts extended from Terror of the Range (1919) to A Family Affair(1937). His first production role was also his greatest triumph, Wings, and he was made President of Paramount Pictures soon after its release. Also pictured in this book was Clara Bow, the female lead in Wings. Pages toned and lightly worn at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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