Lot 20WILSON, DOOLEY
Fine inscribed photograph to Celeste Holm with Casablanca reference. A black and white photograph depicting Wilson seated at his piano in his role as Sam in Casablanca, inscribed in ink "To 'Celeste'/my idea of a real Star/and a Lovable Lady/May you have all the luck/'As time goes by'/Dooley Wilson/Casablanca/Sam". 10 x 8 inches. Two minor creases to corners, spots on verso with faint show through to right margin, very fine overall with a large and quite dark inscription.
"The fundamental things apply... As time goes by..." Celeste Holm and Dooley Wilson starred in the Civil War-era musical Bloomer Girl on Broadway in October 1944. Wilson played Pompey, a slave owned by the suitor of Ms. Holm's character, Evelina Applegate, who will not marry unless Pompey is freed via the underground railroad. Wilson was noted for his memorable performance of the song "The Eagle and Me" and the successful musical ran for 654 performances from 1944-46. Bloomer Girl was Wilson's first return to Broadway following the filming of Best Picture winning Casablanca in 1942 and Stormy Weather in 1943 which featured an all African American cast including Lena Horne. While we trace several examples of Wilson inscribing this image with varying reference to "As Time Goes By," we do not locate another example inscribed to such a prominent co-star as Celeste Holm and in such fine condition, rendering this a fine artifact of the peak of Wilson's career. Dooley Wilson died in 1953.
C The Celeste Holm Collection
Sold for $2,520
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