YAKIMA CANUTT - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 22079
He sends an autograph note referencing the fact that he doubled for Clark Gable and played Scarlett O'Hara's attacker in Gone With the Wind (1939)
Sale Price $270.00
YAKIMA CANUTT He sends an autograph note referencing the fact that he doubled for Clark Gable and played Scarlett O'Hara's attacker in Gone With the Wind (1939) Autograph Note signed: "Yakima Canutt" in black ink, 1p, 8½x3¾. No place, no date. To David M. Graham Jr. In full: "I recieved [sic] your request and I hope the 'Gone With the Wind' pictures are O.K. As you may know I am the Renegade on the Bridge and in the groope [sic] at the Cabin." In the 1939 classic, Gone With the Wind, Canutt doubled for Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) in the scenes in which Butler drives a wagon through the burning streets of Atlanta, and he also played the part of the renegade soldier who attacks Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in the film. A rodeo champion, Enos Edward Canutt (1894-1986) was nicknamed "The Man From Yakima". In 1917, he met Hollywood cowboy star Tom Mix, who recruited him as a stuntman. Canutt quickly became one of the leading fall guys in the industry, with a knack for horse spills and wagon wrecks. In the 1939 classic, Stagecoach, Canutt was not only the stunt supervisor, but he also appeared onscreen to take falls for a cowboy, an Indian, and even a woman. As he grew older, Canutt's injuries took their toll, but he made a successful transition from stuntman, to coordinator, to director. In 1966, Canutt received a special Academy Award for his lifetime of excellence as a stunt performer. His book, Stuntman, was published in 1979. Canutt was 91 when he died in 1986. Irregular upper edge. Blank right corner diagonally torn off. Otherwise, fine condition.
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