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WINGS MOVIE CAST - PROGRAM SIGNED 02/29/1968 CO-SIGNED BY: RICHARD ARLEN, CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS, WILLIAM A. WELLMAN, LUCIEN HUBBARD - HFSID 290756

WINGS MOVIE CAST: RICHARD ARLEN, CHARLES "BUDDY ROGERS, WILLIAM WELLMAN and LUCIEN HUBBARD Program from the premier of Wings, the first Oscar-winning film, signed by producer Hubbard, director Wellman, and co-stars Arlen and Rogers Program inscribed and signed:

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WINGS MOVIE CAST: RICHARD ARLEN, CHARLES "BUDDY ROGERS, WILLIAM WELLMAN and LUCIEN HUBBARD
Program from the premier of Wings, the first Oscar-winning film, signed by producer Hubbard, director Wellman, and co-stars Arlen and Rogers
Program inscribed and signed: "To Art/a long, long ago/Bill Wellman", "2/29/68/for Art Ronnie/with best wishes/Lucien Hubbard", "To Art Ronnie/With Sincere Best/Wishes/Richard Arlen", "Charles Buddy Rogers", 18 pages. 9¼x12. Program for a showing of Wings, featuring the cast and printed photos of co-star Clara Bow. Special book plate in lower left of front covers shows the book was owned by Art Ronnie, to whom these inscriptions are writen. Director, producer and writer 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. The cast page shown here is of interest, featuring "It Girl" Clara Bow as female lead, with a strong supporting role by young Gary Cooper. Hedda Hopper, famed gossip columnist of later years, was also featured. Lightly worn with corners creased. Fine condition.

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