"The 1957 Telecast of "The Barefoot Soldier""   Lot no. 2298

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Oct. 2, 1957 (Estimated)
11.50" x 9.75"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for the Oct 2, 1957 telecast of `The Barefoot Soldier` starring Sal Mineo as an escaped Confederate POW who seek refuge and falls in love with a Yankee woman, as presented for the season premiere of NBC-TV`s prestigious anthology series, `Kraft Television Theatre` (1947-58). The song `The Words That I Whisper`, which Mineo performed in the episode, reached #45 on the `Billboard` charts. On 15" x 20" illustration board, for the New York American-Journal. 11 1/2" x 9 3/4" image. Minor edge soiling, drawing is fine, white corrections by GW.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.