Astaire, Fred. (1899–1987) & Rhodes, Erik. (1906–1990)

Signed Photograph in The Gay Divorcee

Glossy photograph still from the 1934 Hollywood film The Gay Divorcee, signed and inscribed in blue and black felt tip ink by co-stars Fred Astaire and Erik Rhodes to "Dana."  Very fine.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.).

The beloved 1934 musical film The Gay Divorcee was directed by Mark Sandrich and starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, together with Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, and Erik Rhodes.  Based on the Broadway musical Gay Divorce, written by Dwight Taylor, which had been adapted into a musical by Kenneth S. Webb and Samuel Hoffenstein,  the stage version included many songs by Cole Porter, which were left out of the film, except for "Night and Day". Though most of the songs were replaced, the screenplay kept the original plot of the stage version. Three members of the play's original cast repeated their stage roles: Astaire, Rhodes, and Eric Blore.


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