"Mickey Rooney in "Hey, Mulligan!""   Lot no. 2395

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 28, 1954 (Estimated)
7.00' x 5.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Mickey Rooney to promote his first television series on the NBC-TV sitcom, `Hey, Mulligan!`, aka `The Mickey Rooney Show`, which debuted Aug 28, 1954. Rooney played a television studio page at the International Broadcasting Company, where he hoped one day to make it in Hollywood. Viewer tune-in was mediocre, as it was slotted opposite `The Jackie Gleason Show` on CBS, and despite NBC`s faith in Rooney, the show left the air June 4, 1955. Of note is the fact that the series was co-created by Blake Edwards, his first effort for television. On 15" x 10" illustration board, probably for the New York Herald Tribune. 7" x 5" image. Edge toned.

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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.