ANIMATOR/FILM DIRECTOR FRANK TASHLIN LARGE ORIGINAL ART OF “THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT” ACTOR TOM EWELL.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:00:00 PM)
Auction #201 - Part II
Item numbers 1409 through 3152 in auction 201
1956. 19.5x24-3/8” wood frame with mat which has 14.75x19.5” opening revealing nice ink charcoal and watercolor image of Tom Ewell holding 2 scripts in right hand and standing on 2 scripts on the floor with cigarette in left hand with smoke curling up to snake charmer who is attracting Tom’s left eyebrow. Art is autographed in ink at lower right “To Thomas – Writer, Actor, Director, Scene Improver, But Best Of All A Dear-Dear Friend – Love Frank ’56.” Surrounding image area are many quotes apparently attributed to Ewell including “Elvis Liked My Dancing!, Frank…I’ve Got An Idea…,What Eyebrow?, Whatever You Say Frank…Except I’ve Got An Idea.., Does She Have To Have Another Closeup!?, Frank…I’ve Got Some Ideas For Pages 1 To 120.., Where’s My Lint?, I Want To Work With Sherree North…Is She A Girl?” and many more. Tashlin, also known as Tish Tash or Frank Tash, started work as an animator for Paul Terry in 1930 and went on to Warner Bros. in 1932 and the Ub Iwerks Studio in 1934. He worked in the Disney Story Dept. in 1938 and re-joined Warner Bros. in WWII. In 1946 he became a gag writer for the Marx Bros., Lucille Ball and others. As a film director, his first big hit was the 1956 film “The Girl Can’t Help It” which starred Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell. Ewell began acting in 1928, made his Broadway debut in 1934 and his film debut in 1940 playing comic supporting roles. His most identifying role came in 1952 with the Broadway play “The Seven Year Itch” for which he won a Tony Award. He reprised his role in the 1955 film version with Marilyn Monroe for which he won a Golden Globe. On television he had his own show from 1960 to 1961 with 21 episodes and in the mid-70s he had a recurring role as a policeman on the show Baretta. The title song for The Girl Can’t Help It was performed by Little Richard. Artboard is lightly but evenly tanned. Image area VF. Classic image of noted actor by famous director.
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